Urban is from New Zealand, a country with a large film industry. During his childhood, Urban’s mother worked for a company that rented out equipment to local filmmakers such as cameras and lights (his father, on the other hand, run a leather goods store). Thanks to his mother’s career, Urban was exposed to filmmaking at an early age. No wonder this affected his career path. Like he told The Guardian in 2022, what fascinates him is not art, but the close friendship of its creators. Urban says:
“Often, when a big New Zealand feature film is finished, they’ll show the cast and crew behind the garage door. I sit with the crew, sitting on the boxes, drinking beer. and watching these movies like a family. I just feel so good to be part of a family like this.”
After graduating from Wellington College In 1990, Urban briefly attended Victoria University of Wellington but later dropped out to become an actor. According to the aforementioned Guardian interview, at one point during his first year he regretted his choice:
“I’m very adamant that I want to work internationally, work with the best people [caliber] as a film producer I could, but it was probably one of the hardest years of my life. I’m really wondering if I really want to do this. “
Urban began to enjoy steady work on local TV shows, commercials and theatre, but it took a few years for him to get his big break.
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