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Tuesday, 25 July 2006

The director of Tovarisch, I Am Not Dead is also the Managing Director of the company behind the film... and he is Garri Urban's son.

Stuart Urban has worked in film all his life, having a film (The Virus Of War) screened at the Cannes Film Festival when he was just 13 years old. He continued to work in film and television, working on titles such as 'An Ungentlemanly Act' (a BAFTA winning BBC dramatisation of the first 36 hours of the Falklands war) and 'Our Friends In The North' and won another BAFTA for his drama directing.

In 1993 Stuart set up Cyclops Vision and has been producing and directing films ever since. In 1995 he wrote the film 'Deadly Voyage' which won the Sliver Nymph Award for Best Screenplay at Monte Carlo, and in 1997 he went on to write, produce and direct the cult comedy 'Preaching to the Perverted'.

In 1999 Cyclops produced 'Against the War' for the BBC. The documentary provoked a huge public reaction with hundreds of calls, letters and emails. Harold Pinter said, "I received more letters from the people in this country about that programme than I have ever received in my life about anything...they demonstrated the depth of shame of people in this country...and anger, and impotence, and frustration."

2001 saw the release of the mystical thriller 'Revelation', a film which follows the fight between light and darkness for an all powerful relic..... The struggle between light and dark continues in 'Dicing with Life' - a film that centres on the threat of genetic warfare - could it be that the threat genetic weapons is closer than we think? If you would like read the Dicing With Life weblog please click here.
As well as the more mainstream titles, Stuart Urban's work has contained a number of projects that focus directly upon events in the real world, events that echo in Stuart's own family history, from his earliest work 'The Virus Of War' to his most recent 'Tovarisch, I Am Not Dead'
I would be interested to hear your views on any of Stuart's films that you may have seen.....

Monday, 24 July 2006

Spread the Word

Tovarisch, I Am Not Dead is an independent film, produced by Cyclops Vision. Obviously, independent films don’t have big Hollywood budgets, nor do they have the vast studio marketing muscle behind them.... you won't be seeing wall to wall television adverts for Tovarisch anytime soon.....but these films, as well as being works of art, are an important part of our culture because they record the last eye witness testimony to the most monstrous events of the twentieth century and show exactly how the survivors were affected.
The team behind this film are hoping to enter Tovarisch, I Am Not Dead into numerous film festivals, ranging from stellar events such as The Sundance Film Festival to local film festivals, festivals concentrating on documentaries and festivals focused upon certain sections of society, such as the Jewish community or those with an interest in human rights and history. Should this happen the film will receive increased media attention and Garri's story will be made accessible to a much larger audience.... But how can you help?
Well, the more people that are aware of this film, the more chance that we have of having applications to all the major film festivals accepted.

We will do everything we can behind the scenes to promote the film, but if you are able to tell others about the film then that would be a great help.... and if you feel that you represent a specialist community or educational establishment and would like a screening of the film to be arranged please contact us HERE. Tell us who you are and why you would like to have the film shown - give us your contact details and we may be able to arrange it for you!

Please feel free to invite your friends and family to view this site for information about the film, and remember to keep your eyes on our updates for news on early screenings and cinema dates.... and if you have any good ideas for promoting the film then just drop us a line!

Many thanks.
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