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Great Adaptations: Romeo & Juliet (1996)

Past Event

Saturday, 11 June 2016 - 2pm to 5pm

Romeo and Juliet (1996)

With Andrew L Urban and Martin Brown

Since the inception of modern cinema people have been asking the question: Do you prefer the book or the film? Join us at the Library for Great Adaptations, a series of winter screenings of award-winning films adapted from books.

Andrew L Urban hosts this series of screenings followed by informal discussions. So why not escape the winter chill in the cosy surrounds of the Metcalfe Auditorium and reacquaint yourself with some classic stories?

Great Adaptations; 3 Part Series

  •  Saturday, June 11, Movie 1: Romeo and Juliet (1996)

  • Wednesday, July 13, Movie 2: The English Patient (1996)

  • Saturday, August 13, Movie 3: Atonement (2007)

 To book discount tickets to all three movies of the Great Adaptation Series please visit and register through;


Head shot of Andrew L Urban

Andrew L Urban

Andrew L Urban is the Editor and Publisher of Australia’s weekly online movie magazine, launched in 1997.

As a freelance journalist (1980s & 1990s), Andrew has contributed over 2,000 articles & interviews to mainstream media, including The Australian & The Australian Magazine, Sydney Morning Herald & Sun Herald, The Bulletin (no longer published), and several specialist publications, mostly about film and filmmaking. He presents (since 2005) the movie appreciation course Movies Now, for Sydney University’s Centre for Continuing Education.

He created the iconic prime time TV interview series, Front Up, which ran for nine years (in the 1990s) on SBS TV and was Channel Host on the World Movies Channel for 6 years (2002 – 2007).

He was co-editor of Edge of the Known World, the history of the first 25 years of the Australian Film TV & Radio School, for which he interviewed dozens of past and current students of the school and wrote & narrated the 60 minute ABC documentary based on that work.

Head shot of Martin BrownMartin Brown

Martin Brown joined AFTRS in 2011, as the Head of AFTRS OPEN working on diverse training for industry and beyond spanning radio, film and TV.  Martin was then appointed Director of Specialist Programs at AFTRS in late 2013 and in 2016 was appointed Director of the Award Course Division.

Starting in live theatre, he has managed literally hundreds of live shows and events. Martin has produced television commercials and music videos and feature films as an art director, most notably on Baz Luhrmann's Strictly Ballroom.

Martin produced/co-produced a number of Baz Luhrmann feature films including: William Shakespeare's Romeo+Juliet and Moulin Rouge, which went on to win the Golden Globe for Best Musical or Comedy of 2001 and was nominated for eight Academy Awards including: Best Picture (winning two for Costume Design and Art Direction).

Martin was awarded the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Producer of the Year in 2001 by the Producers' Guild of America for his work on Moulin Rouge.

He is the founder of Martin Brown Films, a company devoted to developing and producing films for the international market. The company also provides production services to international film projects seeking to shoot in Australia and worldwide.

Martin has also has served on the board of Screen Tasmania and has been engaged by the Australian Film Commission, The New South Wales Film and Television Office and The Australian Writers' Guild as a reader and consultant.


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