August 29, 1973 |
Alkmaar, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
|Occupation||Television director, filmmaker|
Tom Six was born in Alkmaar, Noord-Holland, in the Netherlands on August 29, 1973.
Tom Six began his directoral career in television, at Endemol, a Dutch production company notable for creating Big Brother. As a result of Six's role in Big Brother, he traveled around, teaching other directors the concept of 24-hour filming. However, citing an interest to make his own films, Six eventually started a company with his sister, where he wrote and directed such films as Gay in Amsterdam, Honeyz and I Love Dries (about the aspiring Dutch singer Dries Roelvink).
Six rose to fame with the film The Human Centipede. Although met with mixed reviews and reactions, The Human Centipede garnered widespread attention. The first film's success gave Six the flexibility he needed to work on a sequel, The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence). Six has stated that he always intended to create a trilogy. He made the first film to get viewers comfortable with the idea of the Human Centipede. The second film he wanted to hold nothing back. Both the controversial content of the first film and the second's brutal depictions of sexual violence have generated controversy. In the United Kingdom, the BBFC declined to issue an 18 certificate for The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence), highlighting the antagonist's "total degradation, humiliation, mutilation, torture, and murder of his naked victims". Six then submitted a new cut with two minutes and 37 seconds removed and received the 18 certificate. Six responded with mixed feelings. On one hand he was devastated that he had to cut his film, on the other hand, the decision of the BBFC gained a lot of press and notoriety. About cutting the film he says: "I'm totally against cutting films. Film is an art form and The Human Centipede 2 is made for a horror audience. It's like I made a comedy and they take out all the good jokes."
Six is currently working on The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence). His idea was that the three films can be connected so it will make one long film. Part 2 begins where part 1 ended, and part 3 will begin where part 2 ended, therefore the three films together will make a centipede. Part 3 will go back to the original idea of Tom Six's Human Centipede concept, which is to use this method as an ideal punishment for criminals.
Besides the Human Centipede 3, Tom Six is currently working on his next project: "The Onania Club".
- (Dutch) Brummelen, Peter van (October 21, 2008). "I love Dries een film voor frituurliefhebbers". Het Parool. Retrieved November 1, 2011.
- Shoard, Catherine (June 6, 2011). "The Human Centipede sequel just too horrible to show, says BBFC". The Guardian. Retrieved November 1, 2011.
- Tom Six at the Internet Movie Database
- Tom Six at Rotten Tomatoes
- Interview with Tom Six
- Tom Six on Twitter