10 things you need to know about Tom Ford

Tom Ford’s latest film ‘Nocturnal Animals’ is released in Irish cinemas this week, and tells the story of Susan (Amy Adams) remembering her relationship with her ex-husband as she reads the violent, challenging and thrilling novel that he has sent her; their first communication in almost 20 years.

To celebrate the release of ‘Nocturnal Animals’ in Irish cinemas, Movies.ie have gathered together 10 facts about the man behind the camera; Tom Ford. Keep reading to find out more.

1. Second Life
Tom Ford is best known as a fashion designer and creative director for Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and his own eponymous fashion and make up lines. Ford turned his hand to directing for the first time in 2009.

2. Magic Touch
Ford joined Gucci in 1990 as a designer when the company was on the brink of bankruptcy. In 1994 he was promoted to creative director. By the time he left in 2004, Gucci was turning over profits in excess of $4 billion per annum. Talk about a magic touch!

3. Objectification
Tom Ford has been accused of objectifying women in his fashion campaigns, but Ford insists he is an “equal opportunities objectifier” but “you can’t show male nudity in our culture in the way you can show female nudity”.

4. Transition
Ford made the move from fashion to film in 2009 with ‘A Single Man’, which he largely self-financed… In fact, Ford lost a small amount of money on the film. We appreciate his passion for his craft.

5. Film Forever
In an interview with The Telegraph earlier this year, Ford said of his choice to move to cinema; “…in fashion you get to do something new in two months, then it’s gone, it’s over and you move on. But film is something that lasts forever and I think because of that you give it a certain gravitas”.

6. Movie Magic
Speaking of a magic touch, the leading man in Ford’s film ‘A Single Man’ – Colin Firth – was nominated for an Oscar for his role in the film. ‘A Single Man’ was also nominated for three Golden Globes.

7. Novel Ideas
Both of Tom Ford’s films – ‘A Single Man’ and ‘Nocturnal Animals’ – are based on novels by Christopher Isherwood and Austin Wright respectively, but Ford has adapted both for the big screen, writing the screenplays for both.

8. Bidding War
The global distribution rights for ‘Nocturnal Animals’ were sold at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015. Focus Features paid $20 million for these rights, which is the highest amount ever paid for a film at a film festival.

9. Lipstick
Earlier this year, the beauty team at Tom Ford cosmetics announced the second instalment in the Lips & Boys collection; the lipsticks are named after the most important men in Ford’s life, and this time Jake Gyllenhaal – star of ‘Nocturnal Animals’ is getting a lippy named after him. We can’t wait to see it!!

10. When can I see ‘Nocturnal Animals?’
‘Nocturnal Animals’ is released in Irish cinemas on November 4th 2016. Watch the trailer below…