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FRONT UP - END UP

The 6th series of Andrew L. Urban's award winning* SBS television show, Front Up - Tuesday nights at 7.30 - will finish on June 15, LOUISE KELLER reports.

"we meet dozens more unique individuals"

"You can never get stale talking to people who are often so generous in revealing aspects of their lives," says Urban. "In the new series we meet dozens more unique individuals whose stories range from funny to sad – but are all surprisingly uplifting."

The new series (26 episodes) is produced by Robert Alcock, a filmmaker himself, who, together with Urban and editor Mandy Stevens, have reshaped the program’s ‘packaging’, with more observational footage. "We see people from Andrew’s point of view," says Alcock, "and we see a bit more of Andrew himself in between the interviews."

Guy Gross’ award winning title theme music has been retained, but Urban has acquired a few new shirts – in response to in-house wardrobe direction.

"glimpses into people’s lives"

"Otherwise," Urban says, "nothing’s changed. The basic premise and our approach is the same as it always was: we are looking for glimpses into people’s lives, not as voyeurs but as fellow travellers."

The crew has also remained the same, with Greg Kay on camera and his soundy Ben Hooft acting as sherpa – carrying the spare tapes and batteries as they roam the streets.

For the new series, Urban and crew travelled to the South Coast of NSW, Brisbane, Melbourne, Hobart and Wollongong.

In previous outings, Front Up has been to every capital city and several regional centres, as well as tiny outposts like Dunnydoo in the Northern Territory and Huon in Tasmania. One entire episode was shot on board the Ghan, from Adelaide to Alice Springs.

"a wide range of people who invariably surprise us with their stories"

The new series introduces viewers to a wide range of people who invariably surprise us with their stories, whether it’s about their heartbreak or their heart transplant.

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FRONT UP
SBS
Tuesday nights: 7.30pm – 8pm
Repeats: Thurs 4pm – 4.30pm
Series 6 X 26 eps
from Dec 15, 1998

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Louise Keller Photos

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* NOTE: As well as a Guild of Screen Composers Award for Guy Gross’ theme music, Front Up has also won the Best Mainstream Coverage Award for its special edition filmed during the 1997 Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Other nominees for the award were The Australian, and Variety.

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