Stuart Urban Festival Judge

Biography

Stuart has written and directed theatrical film and TV dramas that have sold around the world, and won him many awards, including two BAFTAs.

 

At 13, his first film was exhibited at the Cannes Film Festival. THE VIRUS OF WAR was a thirty-minute film about a fascist outpost on British Islands in the Atlantic. It is preserved in the National Film Archive.

 

His first feature-length BBC drama, AN UNGENTLEMANLY ACT dramatised the first 36 hours of the Falklands War. Written and directed by Stuart and starring Ian Richardson and Bob Peck, it won a BAFTA for Best Single Drama and many international awards.

 

From 1994-95, Urban directed OUR FRIENDS IN THE NORTH starring Daniel Craig, the most successful drama for 15 years on BBC2, which won him another BAFTA for Best Drama Serial. The Guardian recently voted it the number three drama of all time.

 

In 1995, he wrote the $6 million HBO/BBC film DEADLY VOYAGE which garnered a Silver Nymph for Best Screenplay at Monte Carlo and an NAACP Nomination in the US, proving to be one of HBO’s most popular movies of the year.

 

In 1997 Stuart wrote and directed PREACHING TO THE PERVERTED, theatrically released in 23 countries and a popular title on the film festival circuit. The first movie to treat the fetish/BDSM scene, it became a cult classic, with cats, cars, clubs and cocktails named after its characters and scenes. In 2013 it became the first European movie to be restored and revived by Kickstarter fans

In 1999, Harold Pinter chose Stuart to co-write and direct AGAINST THE WAR, a hard-hitting documentary attacking the NATO bombing of Serbia for the BBC and Cyclops Vision.

 

From 2000-2001 Stuart wrote and directed REVELATION, a Cyclops Vision Production for Romulus Films. This mystical/supernatural thriller starred Terence Stamp and Udo Kier and was shot in Europe and the Mediterranean. It concerns the quest to locate and understand a relic that heralds the fusion of science and religion. Theatrically released in UK April 2002, REVELATION played for 5 weeks in the West End. Alexander Walker of the Evening Standard found it “excellent…a film with a brain behind it”.

 

Stuart has also directed factual television, e.g. BBC’s PANORAMA where he made the influential 2005 edition BLAIR V BLAIR, about civil liberties and terrorism.

 

In 2007 Stuart directed the theatrical documentary TOVARISCH, I AM NOT DEAD. Garri Urban, survivor of the Holocaust and Russian Gulags, revisits scenes of his past. Critically acclaimed on its release, the film was nominated for the British Independent Film Awards and Griersons, winning many international awards.

 

MAY I KILL U? (2013), written and directed by Stuart and starring Kevin Bishop and Frances Barber, is a black comedy about a cycling bobby who goes rogue after the London riots. Released theatrically in many countries, it won a Silver Melies as one of the best European genre films of the year. Philip French of The Observer described it as “funny, sharp and ruthless”, while Bizarre Magazine said it was “hilarious and thought-provoking in equal measure”.

Julian Lewis Jones  is a Welsh actor. He has appeared largely in British television in shows such as Where the Heart Is and Caerdydd. In 2009, he starred in Clint Eastwood's drama film Invictus, as the head of Nelson Mandela's bodyguard team.

In 2010 he appeared in the TV series The Tudors as Mr. Roper (the park keeper) in Season 4, Episode 1. Also in 2010 he appeared on British TV series Spooks (US title MI-5) as Russian spy Viktor Barenshik in Season 9, Episode 3.

You can find out more about Julian’s Filmography here



Ross King Festival Judge

Los Angeles based Ross King is one of Britain’s most vibrant and versatile award winning performers having worked stage, screen and radio. He made his first stage performance at the tender age of five, first radio broadcast when he was 15 and his television debut at 17.

Currently, he can be seen daily on ITV morning shows “Daybreak” and “Lorraine” as their Los Angeles Correspondent. Ross has been on national American television hosting “The Hollywood Christmas Parade” and “The Critics Choice Movie Awards Red Carpet” for VH1. For five years, Scottish born Ross was the Entertainment Anchor on KTLA/The CW Channel 5’s Prime News, winning four Emmys and a Golden Mic award along the way. He is also regularly seen on Australia’s Channel 9



For more info please check out Ross’ website