Essential Film Directors, Tom Ford

His singular directing credit, the 2009 film, A Single Man follows the last day in the life of George Falconer.  George is a British ex-pat living in Los Angeles and teaching English at the local university.  A homosexual, George is trying to cope with the recent loss of his lover of sixteen years, Jim.  This is challenging, as the year is 1962 and homosexuality is still very much a taboo in Los Angeles.  So much so, in fact, that Jim’s family declined to welcome George to Jim’s funeral.

Troubled, alone, and heartbroken, George spends his final moments with few close friends, reflecting on his life gone by and the time he was able to share with Jim.

Tom Ford

A fashion designer by trade, Tom Ford was born in 1961 in Austin, Texas.  He spent much of his early childhood in Texas, until his family moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico.  While in Santa fe, Ford attended St. Michael’s High School and later graduated from Santa Fe Preparatory School in 1979.  He soon moved to New York and began studying art history at New York University.

Ford dropped out after only one year and began acting.  He became a regular in the New York club scene, and was frequently spotted at the famous Studio 54.  It was here that Ford realized he was gay and came out.  He attended Parsons The New School for Design and developed a love for fashion.

Following graduation, Ford pursued a career in fashion, landing him at major firms such as Perry Ellis, Marc Jacobs, Gucci, and Yves Saint Laurent.  Ford currently resides in Italy with his life partner, Richard Buckley.
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Tom Ford had a very short, yet successful stint as a film director.  His single film, A Single Man, released in 2009 and garnered much praise for the inspiring fashion designer.  Starring big name actors such as Colin Firth and Julianne Moore, A Single Man was nominated for a Golden Lion at the 66th Venice International Film Festival.  Ford was also nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards for Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay.

 

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