Set Decorator


a biographical musical film based on the life of Elton John

A interview with Jude Farr, Set Decorator on the film.

Have you seen the finished film yet?

I attended the pre-launch showing of ‘Rocketman’ in Leicester Square last night (Sunday 19th May). This was a screening for all the crew and cast, the night before the official premier. We all loved it. 

Taron Egerton, who plays Elton, did a little dance of excitement on the stage, & Bernie Taupin, made a surprise appearance (played by Jamie Bell in the film), David Furness thanked the crew as sadly, Elton was away on tour. When they first watched the film he said Elton was moved to tears

What does a Set Decorator do?

It is my job to find all the furniture, décor and accessories to create the right look and feel for the script. I worked closely with the Production Designer Marcus Rowland & hopefully brought his vision to life. There were over 100 sets to dress on this movie – each, a one off, be it the stadium in new york or a dressing room in LA ,the pub in north London, or Eltons home in Pinner.

How long did the film take you as Set Decorator?

Typically, most films take about 6 months of my time which is divided into – preparation / shooting / clear-up. Most of my time and effort goes into the planning and preparation stage – making sure the sets are ready for the actors & crew to start filming. We work in advance of the filming crew so the next set is ready for them to move on to. The cost and actor availability means time on a set is at a premium.

What was so special about this movie?

The collaboration between departments is very important. Costume, music, hair and make-up all cleverly reflect the progression through the years as Elton’s fame and music grew. Elton was amazingly trusting of us with his life-story. When we first met him all he said was: “You do what you think is right. Surprise me. Make it MAGIC!”

I reckon we’ve achieved that, but I might be biased!  Go and see it for yourself.


Rocketman – it’s a BLAST!

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