Anton Furst

Production designer
Gained initial attention for his work on "The Company of Wolves" (1985), Neil Jordan's revisionist version of "Little Red Riding Hood", before designing Stanley Kubrick's Viet Nam opus "Full Metal Jacket" (1987). Furst ... Read more »
Born: 05/06/1944 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Art Department (7)

Awakenings 1990 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

High Spirits 1988 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Full Metal Jacket 1987 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

The Frog Prince 1986 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

An Unsuitable Job For a Woman 1985 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

The Company of Wolves 1985 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Lady Chatterley's Lover 1982 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Biography

Gained initial attention for his work on "The Company of Wolves" (1985), Neil Jordan's revisionist version of "Little Red Riding Hood", before designing Stanley Kubrick's Viet Nam opus "Full Metal Jacket" (1987). Furst won an Oscar for creating the baroque, comic-book Gotham City and stylish Batmobile of "Batman" (1989), and in 1991 designed New York's celebrity-owned, movie-themed restaurant, Planet Hollywood. The film community was shocked by Furst's untimely death, apparently the result of a suicidal leap which abruptly ended a brilliant career.

Relationships

Pamela Furst

Mother

Jane Wearne

Sister

Beverly D'Angelo Actor

Companion

Penny Fielding

Wife
divorced

Jane Furst

Wife
divorced

Nicholas Furst

Son
born c. 1971

Vanessa King

Daughter
born c. 1965

EDUCATION

Brighton College

Royal College of Art

1969
graduated; earned two scholarships

Milestones

1991

Designed $15 million Planet Hollywood restaurant (co-owned by Slyvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis) in New York

1990

Moved to Los Angeles; established the Furst Company at Columbia Pictures with partner Corinne Mann and art director Nigel Phelps

1990

Worked as production designer on first US assignment, "Awakenings"

1988

Moved to New York

1984

Returned to production design with "The Company of Wolves" (1985)

1981

First credit as production designer, "An Unsuitable Job for a Woman"

1978

Became creative director of the London-based special effects company Holoco which contributed effects to "Superman" (1978), "Alien", "Moonraker" (both 1979), "The Empire Strikes Back", "Flash Gordon" (both 1980) and "Outland" (1981)

1968

Began career as an assistant to Oscar-winning designer Tony Masters on Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey"

Worked as a designer for the BBC and British commercial TV

Created "Light Fantastic" show at the Royal Academy, which combined the use of lasers, holography and special effects; show became the touring light show for the rock group The Who in the mid-1970s

Bonus Trivia

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To the question: "How was the realism of "Awakenings" a different challenge from the freedom of "Batman"? Anton Furst's reply was: "I always think the same rules apply in the end, which is that you're servicing an atmosphere, a tone and a feel to a story, whatever the story is...In the end, you're dealing with the same criteria, you're only telling a very different story. So it's whatever is appropriate...But when you're making movies I always think the greatest mistake is to ever believe you're dealing with reality. So with "Awakenings" or any other film I've every done, even "Full Metal Jacket," we're not dealing with reality with film; we're dealing with the film's own reality." (Hollywood Reporter, January 28, 1991)

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According to the Hollywood Reporter obituary, Furst had been undergoing treatment for alcohol and drug abuse at a Los Angeles rehabilition center.

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