Creator & interviewer, Front Up (SBS TV)
Channel Host, World Movies Channel
Presenter, Movies This Week, Ovation & World Movies Channels
A career journalist, Hungarian born Andrew L. Urban has been writing specifically on film and filmmaking since 1985; in February 1997, he and his wife Louise launched Urban Cinefile, Australia’s award winning weekly online movie magazine, publishing reviews, interviews, news and much more. Andrew is currently Editor of www.urbancinefile.com.au. He was commissioned to interview past and present graduates of the Australian Film Television & Radio School (as well as other key players in the school’s history) for Edge of the Known World, a book celebrating the school’s 25th anniversary in 1998; the interviews were also the basis of the 60 minute ABC TV documentary, Brilliant Careers, which he wrote and narrated. This featured interviews with Phil Noyce, Gillian Armstrong, Jane Campion, Phillip Adams, Sir John Gorton and dozens more.
Andrew conceived Front Up , a weekly prime time series of half hour social documentaries of spontaneous and personal interviews with people he meets in the streets of Australia. The series began in 1992 on SBS TV, and series 9 went to air in 2003/04.
Andrew’s first novel, If You Promise Not To Tell (Hodder Headline, 1995) was nominated in the inaugural Ned Kelly Awards for Best First Crime Fiction.