A new trailer has given the public its first look at Mapplethorpe, a biopic chronicling the life of controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, whose provocative work earned him fame in 1970s America. The movie, which was written and directed by Ondi Timoner, first debuted to a limited audience at the Tribeca Film Festival last year, but will receive a wider release in US theaters on March 1, 2019.
Mapplethorpe was best known for his black-and-white portraits and photographs of New York's underground scene. The photographer's first solo exhibition took place in 1973 at the Light Gallery in New York City featured photos captured with a Polaroid camera. Mapplethorpe later transitioned to a Hasselblad medium format camera. The photographer's fame flourished through the 1980s up to his death from AIDs in 1989.
The biopic stars Matt Smith of Dr Who fame as Robert Mapplethorpe, Marianne Rendon as Patti Smith, and Hari Nef as Tinkerbelle.