This Is Hastings caught up with local talent Derek Brown at his fantastic house in the heart of the Old Town for a chat.
Not only owner of famed dog Brock, Derek works as a production designer for such television programmes as The Apprentice and Four Rooms – having designed Sir Alan Sugar’s actual boardroom!
With computer aided technology overtaking traditional model making, Derek found little need to be based in London, so moved to Hastings ten years ago. Initially renting a small cottage for weekends with his husband Tony.
Soon those weekends, became long weekends, until a full move became the logical choice. Now living in the Old Town, his house was in fact recently chosen by Sir Paul Smith for a Hastings based photo shoot!
Working remotely, as well as regular visits to London, Derek is in charge of set and location design (The Apprentice’s boardroom / the house in which the contestants live) as well as choosing locations for tasks and any set dressing required. He is also part of choosing what objects appear on Four Rooms (his favourite being an original Francis Bacon painting that was all but destroyed, save a two inch border!)
Having studied at Glasgow Art School, and began his prestigious career working on music videos. Derek has also been involved in a number of productions based here in Hastings, including a short film called “Gone To The Dogs.” They built the main cafe location in what is now Azur, with furniture borrowed from Hastings Pier.
When not working from home, Derek is a fan of the local eateries that Hastings & St Leonards have to offer. Making special mention of the Two Bulls Steakhouse – offering a no frills, high quality meal for a good price and Pier Nine for its excellent food, sea view and garden.
Derek is very positive about Hastings’ future, with the affordability of the town giving shops such as Dyke & Dean and the Alastair Hendy Home Store the “ability to try something new.” He is also incredibly fond of a visit to the Jerwood Gallery Cafe – often found enjoying the excellent views from the balcony.
This Is Hastings is incredibly pleased to have met Derek, and is exceptionally proud to have such a talent not only based, but so involved in Hastings.