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. Six was heavily influenced by a number of films released during his upbringing, such as Pier Paolo Pasolini's 1975 film Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom. Six has stated that Salò is the sickest film he has ever seen.
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 integral role in Big Brother and its success, he traveled the world teaching other directors about the concept of 24-hour surveillance. However, citing a desire 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).
Tom Six greatest fame is arguably his involvement in The Human Centipede franchise. Although met with mixed to negative 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 numerous times that he always wanted to create a sequel, and used the first film to get viewers comfortable with the psychological aspect of their subject matter. Both the controversial content of the first film and the second's brutal depictions of sexual violence have generated controversy. Most recently, 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 is currently working on The Human Centipede 3, which he claims will make the second installment "look like a Disney movie".
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- Shoard, Catherine (June 6, 2011). "The Human Centipede sequel just too horrible to show, says BBFC". The Guardian. Retrieved November 01, 2011.
- Disgusting, Mr. "Tom Six Uses Disney Analogy AGAIN to Hype THIRD 'Human Centipede'". BD Horror News. Retrieved 29 November 2011.
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