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|Owned by||Special Broadcasting Service|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV)|
|Optus TV||Channel 430|
World Movies is an Australian subscription television channel dedicated to foreign films, available on Foxtel, Optus TV and Austar. The channel features foreign film, documentaries, independent cinema, and interviews with international movie stars.
The channel began broadcasting in October 1995, coinciding with the launch of Foxtel. It launched on Optus TV in May 1998. In October 2009, free-to-air broadcaster SBS announced its intention to buy out the shares of the company’s stockholders, giving it whole ownership of the channel.
World Movies is owned and operated by SBS Subscription TV, a subsidiary of the free-to-air broadcaster SBS. The two have a close working relationship, with films premiering on World Movies 12 months before becoming available on SBS.
In August 2011, World Movies launched a new look, new logo and tagline, Be Moved. It also introduced more simple monthly themes, making it easier for viewers to find their genres of choice.
World Movies broadcasts foreign films spoken in over 200 languages and covers all genres of film, including action, adult, vintage foreign film, as well as independent cinema.
The channel also broadcasts documentaries and interviews with high-profile members of the foreign film community. Past interviews have included German Director Wim Wenders, Spanish actress Paz Vega, and French star Clotilde Hesme.
25 Films You Must See Before You Die
The films chosen were:
- Seven Samurai (1954)
- The Rules of the Game (1939)
- Metropolis (1927)
- Dersu Uzala (1975)
- Blowup (1966)
- The Seventh Seal (1957)
- The Battleship Potemkin (1925)
- 8½ (1963)
- Un Chien Andalou (An Andalusian Dog) (1928)
- Kes (1969)
- Breathless (1960)
- Mon Oncle (1958)
- Raise the Red Lantern (1991)
- Modern Times (1936)
- Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)
- Boudu Saved from Drowning (1932)
- Solaris (1972)
- City of God (2002)
- Breaking the Waves (1996)
- Last Tango in Paris (1972)
- Nosferatu, a Symphony of Terror (1922)
- Umberto D. (1952)
- Three Colours: Blue (1993)
- The Battle of Algiers (1965)
- Les Enfants du Paradis (1945)
25 Docs You Must See Before You Die
From 3 April to 18 September 2007, the World Movies channel showed 25 Docs You Must See Before You Die.
- Triumph of the Will (1935)
- Grey Gardens (1975)
- To Be and to Have (2002)
- Dont Look Back [sic] (1967)
- I Was a Fireman (1943)
- In the Year of the Pig (1968)
- The Thin Blue Line (1988)
- The Last Waltz (1978)
- Brother's Keeper (1992)
- Hoop Dreams (1994)
- The Man with a Movie Camera (1929)
- For All Mankind (1988)
- The Times of Harvey Milk (1984)
- Häxan (1922)
- Spellbound (2002)
- The Gleaners and I (2000)
- Murder on a Sunday Morning (2001)
- When We Were Kings (1996)
- Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (1997)
- Best Boy (1979)
- The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003)
- The Sorrow and the Pity (1969)
- Silverlake Life: The View from Here (1993)
- My Flesh and Blood (2003)
- Hearts and Minds (1974)
World Movies aims to promote the importance of foreign film in Australia through partnerships and events. The channel works closely with local foreign film festivals, including the Italian Film Festival, French Film Festival and German Film Festival.
In September 2011, World Movies launched a free foreign marathon event at Palace Verona Cinema in Sydney. The event invited guests to attend a marathon of free foreign films at the cinema including the French comedy Amelie.
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- "25 Films You Must See Before You Die". World Movies. Archived from the original on 2005-11-05.
- World Movies' 25 Docs You Must See Before You Die microsite