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World Movies
World Movies Channel Logo
Launched October, 1995
Owned by PAN TV Limited
Country Australia Australia
Broadcast area National
Website worldmovies.net
Availability
Cable
Foxtel Digital Channel 430
Austar Digital Channel 430

World Movies is an Australian subscription television channel that broadcasts foreign films, usually subtitled, on Foxtel, Austar, and Optus Television. Most movies are broadcast in digital widescreen, with surround sound where available.

The Channel began broadcasting in October 1995 coinciding with the launch of the Foxtel service.

World Movies is produced by PAN TV Limited, a partnership between Kerry Stokes owned Australian Capital Equity, APN News & Media and Multilingual Subscriber Television Limited (a wholly owned subsidiary of SBS (Special Broadcasting Service) and China based media holdings company Shanghai Oriental Pearl Group. The company was founded to produce the World Movies Channel before its launch in October, 1995 (coinciding with the start of subscription television in Australia)[1].

In October 2009, SBS announced it intention to buy out the shares of the other stockholders, giving it whole ownership of PAN.[2]

The World Movies channel has a close operational relationship with SBS - for both organisations' benefit, the rights for most films are purchased jointly, where World Movies has subscription television rights and SBS has free-to-air TV rights. Where this applies, World Movies will usually show such movies 12 months before they become available to SBS.

Contents

Content and films

World Movies shows a broad range of films covering all genres. Notable films have included:

25 Films You Must See

In 2005 World Movies screened 25 Films You Must See, inspired by Steven Jay Schneider's book.

  1. Seven Samurai - Japan (1954)
  2. The Rules of the Game - France (1939)
  3. Metropolis - Germany (1927)
  4. Dersu Uzala - Japan/U.S.S.R (1974)
  5. Blowup - UK (1966)
  6. The Seventh Seal - Sweden (1957)
  7. The Battleship Potemkin - U.S.S.R (1925)
  8. - Italy (1963)
  9. Un Chien Andalou (An Andalusian Dog) - France (1928)
  10. Kes - UK (1969)
  11. Breathless - France (1959)
  12. Mon Oncle - France (1958)
  13. Raise the Red Lantern - China (1991)
  14. Modern Times - USA (1936)
  15. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown - Spain (1988)
  16. Boudu Saved from Drowning - France (1932)
  17. Solaris - U.S.S.R (1972)
  18. City of God - Brazil (2002)
  19. Breaking the Waves - Denmark (1996)
  20. Last Tango in Paris - Italy/France (1972)
  21. Nosferatu, a Symphony of Terror - Germany (1922)
  22. Umberto D. - Italy (1952)
  23. Three Colours: Blue - France (1993)
  24. The Battle of Algiers - Algeria/Italy (1965)
  25. Les Enfants du Paradis - France (1945)

25 Docs You Must See

A series titled 25 Docs You Must See was screened in 2007:

  1. Triumph of the Will (1935)
  2. Grey Gardens (1976)
  3. To Be and to Have (2002)
  4. Dont Look Back (1967)
  5. I Was a Fireman (1943)
  6. In the Year of the Pig (1968)
  7. The Thin Blue Line (1988)
  8. The Last Waltz (1978)
  9. Brother's Keeper (1992)
  10. Hoop Dreams (1994)
  11. The Man with a Movie Camera (1929)
  12. For All Mankind (1989)
  13. The Times of Harvey Milk (1984)
  14. Häxan (1922)
  15. Spellbound (2002)
  16. The Gleaners and I (2000)
  17. Murder on a Sunday Morning (2001)
  18. When We Were Kings (1996)
  19. Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (1997)
  20. Best Boy (1979)
  21. The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003)
  22. The Sorrow and the Pity (1969)
  23. Silverlake Life: The View from Here (1993)
  24. My Flesh and Blood (2003)
  25. Hearts and Minds (1974)

External links

References

  1. ^ World Movies - Corporate Information
  2. ^ Knox, David (19 October 2009). [http://tvtonight.com.au/2009/10/sbs-more-than-a-flash-in-pan-tv.html "SBS more than a flash in PAN TV SBS more than a flash in PAN TV"]. http://tvtonight.com.au/2009/10/sbs-more-than-a-flash-in-pan-tv.html. Retrieved 20 December 2009.  







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