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David Furnish was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. He began his career in advertising and became a filmmaker in 1995, directing the BAFTA nominated documentary Elton John: Tantrums & Tiaras.

David currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the both the UK and US arms of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, founded by his partner, in 1992. Over the past 20 years the two Foundations have collectively raised over $300m to support services in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

David is also a Contributing Editor for British GQ and is extremely proud of his association with Billy Elliot the Musical and has been involved in productions as they have rolled out across the world.

Film Career

With backing from the Walt Disney Company he set up the film production company Rocket Pictures in 1996, producing the independent films Women Talking Dirty and It’s A Boy/Girl Thing. In 2011 Rocket Pictures released its first major animated feature Gnomeo & Juliet. Gnomeo had the biggest February animated film box office opening weekend in North American history and was a Number One hit in the UK.

Rocket also produced the music television series Spectacle: Elvis Costello with..., which has been critically acclaimed and widely distributed.

In addition to the above projects, 2015 will see the release of Rocketman, a fantasy biopic of Elton Johns life featuring some of his most iconic songs. The next Gnomeo & Juliet adventure; Sherlock Gnomes is also due for release in 2016.

Entries by David Furnish

To Those Who Stood Against AIDS Apathy: Thank You

(37) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 12:02 PM

I remember seeing the first TV reports about a mysterious new disease called "AIDS" when I was a closeted young man in Canada. They started with images of gaunt, almost skeletal gay men losing hope as fast as they lost weight, which were followed by clips of fundamentalist preachers gloating...

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We Must Act Now to Achieve an AIDS-Free Generation

(7) Comments | Posted December 1, 2012 | 9:43 AM

Today, Dec. 1, 2012, we mark the 24th annual World AIDS Day since it was first observed in 1988. World AIDS Day has always been an occasion for renewing our urgency in the fight against AIDS, and this year is no different. In fact, this year new data are forcing...

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'The Normal Heart' Movingly Captures the Fight Against AIDS, Then and Now

(34) Comments | Posted April 30, 2011 | 1:55 PM

I recently had the great pleasure of seeing a preview of the new Broadway revival of Larry Kramer's challenging and controversial play, The Normal Heart, which opened to the public this week. The Normal Heart tells the harrowing and inspirational true story of a group of gay men in New...

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In Rebuilding Haiti, Fighting HIV/AIDS Must be a Top Priority

(12) Comments | Posted February 3, 2010 | 3:17 PM

The recent earthquake in Haiti reminds us of the fragility of human life. In one instant, an entire city can be reduced to rubble, taking the lives of tens of thousands of people and devastating millions more. We can't stop natural disasters like earthquakes. But we can prevent another disaster...

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As HIV/AIDS Public Interest Wanes, Elton John AIDS Foundation Work Becomes More Urgent

(1) Comments | Posted November 16, 2009 | 8:03 AM

Two weeks ago, President Obama signed the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009. This crucial measure ensures that half a million Americans living with HIV will continue to receive the care they desperately need. But much work remains in the battle against AIDS in America.

We've made great...

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