Stuart’s feature length debut as writer-director, dramatising the tragicomic beginnings of the Falklands War won him the BAFTA for Best Single Drama.
ABOUT STUART URBAN
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At 13, Stuart had his first film shown at Cannes. The Virus of War was a 16mm drama about a fascist-run island. It is preserved in the National Film Archive.
After graduating from Balliol College, Oxford, with a first class degree in Modern History, he began directing TV drama. His first feature-length BBC film, ‘An Ungentlemanly Act’ dramatising the first 36 hours of the Falklands War starring Ian Richardson and Bob Peck, won the BAFTA as Best Single Drama and many international awards.
Stuart directed ‘Our Friends in the North’ (1995) starring Daniel Craig, the most successful drama for 15 years on BBC2, which won him another BAFTA for Best Drama Serial. It was voted the number 3 television drama of all time by The Guardian’s critics’ panel.
In 1996, he wrote the $6 million HBO/BBC film ‘Deadly Voyage’, a fact-based crime drama that won Silver Nymph for Best Screenplay at Monte Carlo and proved one of HBO’s most popular movies of the year.
In 1997 Stuart wrote, produced and directed cult comedy Preaching to the Perverted, theatrically released in 23 countries. Cats, cars, clubs and cocktails were named after the film and its characters. The first European film to be revived on Kickstarter, it was rated in 2015 by The Guardian among the top 10 films on kinky sex.
In 1999, Harold Pinter chose Stuart to co-write, produce and direct the hard-hitting documentary Against the War, attacking the NATO bombing of Serbia for the BBC.