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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.....

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