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
"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
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
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.