20/7/2000: FRONT UP TO FRONT UP
Andrew L. Urban's 8th series of Front Up for SBS TV begins
production on July 27 in Alice Springs, then Darwin (July 28 -
30) and Cairns (July 31 - Aug 2) - and Urban says he welcomes
people approaching him in the street to be interviewed for the
show. The series will go to air from January 2, 2001.
Front Up, to air Tuesday nights at 7.30pm, was conceived by
Urban "as a simple way of reflecting society, by inviting
people to talk about themselves on television, who were not
selling or promoting anything, nor had claim to some celebrity
Urban originally discussed the idea for the show with SBS TV
Executive Producer, Margaret Pomeranz, who is also EP (and
presenter) of The Movie Show. "It was because we both wrote
about film that I knew Margaret and she was about the ONLY tv
producer I knew at the time. Certainly the only one I trusted
with this crazy little plan," says Urban. "I expected
to be laughed out of the coffee shop, when I explained very
clumsily what I wanted to do: walk up to people at random and
start chatting about their lives. In fact, I think she ended up
paying for the coffee."
Urban also pays tribute to Andy Lloyd James, who was then Head
of Television at SBS. (He is a recent victim of the new ABC boss'
Senior Executive Massacre Plan.) "Andy went for this idea
and I doubt that many other senior tv executives would have been
as brave," comments Urban. "It's easy to say, now that
the show has proven its popularity, that it was a good decision.
It was somewhat less obvious before we started shooting."
This series is again shot by cameraman Greg Kay (with
assistant Ben Hooft), and produced by Brendan Walls, who produced
series 7. Production Manager is Electra Manikakis (nicknamed
Goddess by Urban).
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Andrew at work on Front Up
We found this next to the Front Up shot but Andrew says it isn't him.