Stuart Urban

Photo credit: Giulia Fassina

Photo credit: Giulia Fassina

Agent:  Conrad Williams

Biography: After graduating from Balliol College, Oxford, with a first class degree in Modern History, Stuart Urban entered the film industry in 1982 and has worked in various capacities as writer, director and producer.

THE SECRET

Writer | Executive Producer | ITV

A critically acclaimed four hour miniseries starring James Neshbitt and Genevieve O'Reilly. Two Christian adulterers murder their spouses by faking a double suicide in a plot worthy of Hitchcock. They get away with it, but fate and conscience intervene 18 years later. A true story.

Awards for THE SECRET:

British Academy of Film and Television Arts - Best Miniseries Nomination
Broadcast Awards, UK - Best Drama Series or Serial Nomination
Irish Film and Television Awards Best Actor Nomination
Royal Television Society - Best Actor Nomination         
Royal Television Society - Best Drama WINNER

Praise for THE SECRET:

'Gripping...unswitchoffable' - The Guardian
'Brilliant...a tour de force' - The Observer
'Terrifically gripping' - Sunday Telegraph

AN UNGENTLEMANLY ACT

Writer | Director | BBC

Two-hour film for the BBC dramatising the first 36 hours of the Flaklands War. Starring Ian Richardson, Bo Peck and Rosemary Leach. This is the story of one of the most remarkable sieges in recent history, which began like an Ealing comedy and ended in tragedy. Special edition DVD was released was an Odyssey Best Seller June 2003.

Praise for AN UNGENTLEMANLY ACT:

A cracker, a splendid drama, cancel anything to see this' - Sunday Times
A marvelously clever mix of tense drama and very funny Ealing-style comedy. First rate.' - Daily Express

British Academy of Film and Television Arts- Best single Drama | The Indies (UK)- The Indie overall winner, Best Drama | Royal Television Society- Best Single Drama Nomination | New York Film Festival- Best Writing | Chicago Film and TV Festival- Gold, TV Movie and Direction | Silver -Screenplay

DEADLY VOYAGE

Writer | HBO, BBC | European Script Fund

Two-hour true story of an African stowaway's narrow escape from mass murder and his journey to justice. Starring Omar Epps, Joss Ackand and David Suchet. Budget $ 6 million. DVD re-release in USA by HBO, 2007.

Praise for DEADLY VOYAGE:

'A searing descent into human cruelty' - New York Times
'If your knuckles could use a good biting, subject them to the harrowing Deadly Voyage' - USA Today

Montecarlo TV Festival 1997- Silver Nymph, Best Screenplay | NAACP Image Awards 1997 (USA) - Outstanding TV Movie Miniseries

OUR FRIENDS IN THE NORTH

Director | BBC

Two hours of this epic drama by the BBC covering thirty years of four friends' lives. The most successful drama for 15 years on BBC2 and rated in 2010 at number 3 among the 50 top TV dramas ever made by The Guardian's critics' panel. 

Praise for OUR FRIENDS IN THE NORTH:

'The texture and tension of Stuarts Urban's (work) set this episode apart...it reflects credit upon him' - Daily Telegraph
Daring...Utterly enthralling, beautifully acted, smoothly directed by Stuart Urban' - Daily Mail

British Academy of Film and Television Arts- Best Drama Serial | Royal Television Society- Best Drama Serial

MAY I KILL U?

Writer | Director | Producer | A Vectis Vision Production

Black comedy starring Kevin Bishop and Fraces Barber. There is a psychopath on the cycle path: a vigilante who first kills a looter, then tweets his murderous way to fame. What propels him? Public acclaim? Insanity? His mum? Winer of the Melies d'Argent on European genre festival circuit. US theatrical release late 2013.

Praise for MAY I KILL U? 

'Funny, sharp and ruthless' - The Observer
'Smartly done' - Sunday Mirror
'Hilarious and thought-provoking' - Bizarre Magazine
'A black, bright and very british comedy' - BBC Radio 5

Frightfest | Brussels Int'l Fantasy Film Festival (Silver Melies Aawrd) | Grossman Fantasy Festival (Special Mention-Screenplay) | Lund Fantastik Festival | Ravenna Nightmare Festival (Audience and Best Actor- Kevin Bishop-Awards)| Puerto Rico Horror Film Festival | Horrorfest S Africa

PREACHING TO THE PERVERTED

Writer | Director | Producer | European Script Fund

Praise for PREACHING TO THE PERVERTED: 

'Thrilling' - Film Review
'Bold, Provocative, Surreal' - Time Out
'A seminal Brit flick' -Bizarre Magazine

Hamptons International Film Festival | San Paulo International Film Festival | Stiges International Fantastic Film Festival | Montreal World Film Festival | Audience Choice Award, CineKink Festival

REVELATION

Writer | Director | Producer 

This mystical supernatural thriller stars Terence Stamp and Udo Kier and was shot in Europe and the Mediterranean. It concerns the quest to locate and understand the relic that heralds the fusion of science and religion. Budget $ 10 million and theatrically released in the UK, April 2002, playing for five weeks in the West End. Sold internationally by First Look to 35 territories.

Praise for REVELATION:

'Cutting edge...Urban certainly knows his stuff' - Empire
'A first rate occult thriller...Intelligent and intriguing' - Evening Standard

Frightfest | Stiges International Fantastic Film Festival | Gerardmer Fantastic Film Festival | Fantasy Filmfest Germany

TOVARISCH, I AM NOT DEAD

Writer | Director | Producer 

Theatrical Documentary. Garri Urban endured the Holocaust and the Gulag with is head held high, refusing to become a victim of his harrowing life in Russia and Ukraine in the 20th century. With an exceptional combination of chutzpah and charm, Garri Urban's life story is as incredible as it is real, featuring escape, adventure and triumph.

Praise for TOVARISCH, I AM NOT DEAD:

'Impressive...memorable' - Financial Times
'A riveting Film about a remarkable man' - The Observer
'The documentary is alive and well' - The Guardian

British IndependentFilm Award Nominee | Lancia Award as Best Film | Accolade Award of Excellence, New York Festival Silver Medal | Punto de Vista Audience Award | Shortlisted for the 2008 Grierson Awards UKFC Best Cinema Documentary | UK Theatrical Release: Selected Cinemas May '08 UK DVD Release: Summer '09.

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