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ANDREW L. URBAN
Editor in Chief
With over 40 years experience as a journalist, many of them specialising in the arts and entertainment, Andrew is a seasoned interviewer, feature writer and news reporter, having contributing regularly to The Australian, The Bulletin, Cinema Papers, Sydney Morning Herald and the Qantas inflight magazine among many others. He has managed his own publishing company (one of whose titles was Encore Magazine), and still enjoys writing on a daily basis.

As a specialist film writer since 1985, Andrew has gained the trust of the film making community and enjoys access to the leaders of the industry.

In 2005, Andrew was invited to present a regular contemporary movie course for Sydney University’s Centre for Continuing Education; Movies Now runs for 6 week seasons several times a year, screening films (unannounced) prior to their commercial release followed by a discussion with special guests. The 30th course is currently running.

From 1985 to 2004, he was Australian Bureau Chief for the London-based international film industry publications, Screen International and latterly Moving Pictures.

In his other capacity, Andrew is the creator/interviewer of Front Up, the prime time program on SBS (1991 – 2004) in which he meets people at random in the streets of Australia and has a conversation about their life experiences.

Andrew took on the task of presenting movies as Channel Host for subscription channel, World Movies, in April 2002, introducing the highlights of each week on Monday nights, and the Sunday Premieres, and presented nearly 900 movies by the time his tenure ended in November 2006.

In January 2007, Andrew was commissioned to edit & produce The Knowledge, a series of almost 100 on-camera interviews for the Centre for Screen Business at the Australian Film Television and Radio School, exploring the specific nature of the film and television business in Australia.

In late 2008, Andrew was commissioned to produce 30 on camera interviews with citizens in NSW and Queensland, for Meet The People, screened as part of the Talking Democracy project in the redeveloped Old Parliament House, Canberra, open to the public from May 2009.

He regularly conducts Q & A sessions with local and international actors, directors, producers, cinematographers and screen composers.

His first novel, If You Promise Not To Tell (Hodder Headline, 1995), was nominated for the inaugural Ned Kelly Awards. Edge of the Known World - his collection of interviews for the 25th anniversary of the Australian Film and Television School was published in Nov. 98; he also wrote and narrated Brilliant Careers, the 1hr documentary version for ABC television.


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(MARGARET) LOUISE KELLER
Editor

Louise Keller co-founded Urban Cinefile in 1997, publishing the weekly award-winning online movie magazine with Andrew L. Urban. She reviews films, manages the DVD releases, handles the production, administration, promotional and organisational aspects of the site. Her reviews were syndicated to the Sun-Herald for a year in 2012. Her reviews were also syndicated to Qantas, BigPond Movies, Yahoo, AOL, Optus Movies and others, in the years prior.

She co-published Encore Magazine (1977-1983) and has experience across a wide range of functions. Her gossip and entertainment column Talkabout was published for six years. She also co-published Event Magazine and Sydney Diary. She has been reviewing films since the launch of Urban Cinefile in 1997.

Television: Louise and Andrew produced and presented a weekly film segment Movies This Week for 12 months ending 2006, on Ovation and World Movies television Channels.

In the late 80s, Louise ran her own Public Relations Company (Louise Keller Public Relations), managing the promotional portfolios of two Champagne Houses (Pommery and Lanson), establishing major grant schemes with The Australian Ballet, Queensland Art Gallery and national promotional activities. Other clients included the French Companies Evian, Limoges and Honeywell Bull plus Cowra Wines and Laphroaig Single Malt Whisky.

Louise was previously a professional solo singer for 14 years (as Margaret Keller), a children’s television hostess and model. A regular on Brian Henderson’s Bandstand, Barry Crocker’s Sound of Music, Graham Kennedy’s IMT and the Mike Walsh Show, career highlights include entertaining Australian and American troops in Vietnam, singing at the Opera House and Sydney Entertainment Centre with Tommy Tycho’s orchestra, a 2-year stint singing with the John Ferguson Big Band, plus concert and club appearances around Australia.

Margaret Louise Keller was born in Kanpur, India and educated in Elisabethville in the French-speaking Belgian Congo in Africa, of Austrian and Australian parents. She is both an Austrian and an Australian citizen. She recently completed her memoir.


Andrew L. Urban & Louise Keller present 2005 Urban Cinefile Audience Awards at Sydney Film Festival, State Theatre

Updated August 17, 2017

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