World Movies


World Movies channel will mark International Women’s Day with a “Wonder Women” showcase -films significantly featuring women from around the world – both in front of and behind the camera.

Hosted by Gretel Killeen, the showcase includes the Australian TV premiere of The Handmaiden (South Korea) and Zoology (Russia), plus Mustang (Turkey), Girls Lost (Sweden) and B for Boy (Nigeria).

“I’m thrilled to bits to have this opportunity to celebrate these amazing films with World Movies. We’re proud that women, the men who support women, brave casts and crews and incredible women’s stories continue to be seen, shared and treasured,” said Killeen.

“World Movies’ Wonder Women showcases five nights of world-class, cutting-edge films about fearsome, fabulous and feisty women. It was hard to whittle it down to five, but each film that we’ve selected is an important perspective in the picture that paints the increasingly powerful wondrousness of women and film.”

Chris Keely, SBS General Manager of Subscription Television, said:

“World Movies has been bringing audiences the best in world cinema for 21 years. Celebrating the accomplishments and creative output of women in film industries across the globe is something that World Movies does throughout its schedule and we are particularly excited to be working on this feature with Gretel Killeen to recognise International Women’s Day.”

Mustang (2015, Turkey)
Wednesday, 8 March 8.30pm
2016 Oscars nomination for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year and 2016 Golden Globes nomination for Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language. Young orphaned Turkish girl Lale (Güneş Şensoy) and her four sisters (Doğa Doğuşlu, Elit İşcan, Tuğba Sunguroğlu, İlayda Akdoğan) are walking home from school, playing innocently with some boys. However, the ‘immorality’ of their play sets off a scandal. The family home is progressively transformed into a prison; instead of attending school, the girls are forced to learn homemaking skills, and talks of arranged marriages soon begin. Discontented, the five sisters, who share a common passion for freedom, find ways of getting around the constraints imposed on them.

Zoology (2016, Russia)
Thursday, 9 March 8.30pm
Australian Television Premiere**
A first on Australian TV, Zoology tells the story of middle-aged zoo worker Natasha (Natalya Pavlenkova), who lives with her mother in a small coastal town. She feels stuck in a life that holds no surprises, until one day she grows a tail – and her life is turned upside down. Embarrassed at first, Natasha decides to go further with the transformation and use it as an opportunity to redefine herself as a person and as a woman. With the new appendage, Natasha begins a life that she has never experienced before – she starts a relationship with a man, and goes out and allows herself to be foolish for the first time in her life. But her ‘second puberty’ eventually comes to an end and Natasha has to make a choice between reality and illusion.

Girls Lost (2015, Sweden)
Friday, 10 March 8.30pm
Three adolescent girls Kim (Tuva Jagell), Momo (Alexander Gustavsson), and Bella (Wilma Holmén) are bullied at school. This all changes, however, when Bella finds a mysterious seed which blooms a flower in just one night – and the three girls goad each other into drinking the sap. Waking up, the girls discover they are now boys, and while the effects wear off by daytime, the changed perspective and confidence stays with them. Girls Lost is a story of gender construction, and how to know who you are when society is telling you who you should be.

The Handmaiden (2015, South Korea)
Saturday, 11 March 8.30pm
Directed by acclaimed director Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, Snowpiercer), The Handmaiden is a South Korean lesbian erotic thriller based on the novel Fingersmith by Sarah Waters. 1930s Korea, in the period of Japanese occupation, Sookee (Kim Tae-ri) is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress Hideko (Kim Min-hee) who lives a secluded life on a large countryside estate with her domineering uncle (Jo Jin-woong). But the handmaiden has a secret. She is a pickpocket recruited by a swindler posing as a Japanese Count (Ha Jung-woo) to help him seduce the Lady to elope with him, rob her of her fortune, and lock her up in a madhouse. The plan seems to proceed according to plan – until Sookee and Hideko discover some unexpected emotions.

B for Boy (2016, Nigeria)
Sunday, 12 March 8.30pm
An award-winning directorial debut from Chika Anadu, B for Boy is a drama film which explores feminism and social issues facing Nigerian women. Amaka (Uche Nwadili) seems to be living a perfect life as an independent, modern Nigerian woman. She has a successful job, is in a happy marriage, has a loving daughter, and is pregnant. All seems well until her mother-in-law (Ngozi Nwaneto) tells Amaka that unless she has a boy, she will find a second wife for son. While Amaka’s husband (Nonso Odogwu) is away on a business trip, Amaka suffers a miscarriage. Fearful of her husband and mother-in-law finding out, Amaka wears a pregnant body suit in order to disguise her body. When her due date draws near, Amaka goes through great lengths to illegally purchase a baby boy from another woman named Joy (Frances Okeke).


It looks as though World Movies may cease broadcasting on the Foxtel platform at the end of January.


Foxtel to offer the best of World Movies On Demand
World Movies goes on demand and joins international World Movies screening on Foxtel Movies Masterpiece

World Movies

Foxtel today announced that, from 1 February 2018, it is offering a dedicated selection of the best from World Movies, on demand, to Foxtel movies subscribers*.

The move complements Foxtel’s plans to provide a dedicated, weekly World Movies screening on Foxtel Movies Masterpiece, starting 3 January 2018.

The shift of World Movies to Foxtel On Demand follows this month’s widely-hailed arrival of acclaimed streaming video on demand service Walter Presents, known for delivering some of the world’s best foreign-language dramas to audiences everywhere, and will replace the linear World Movies channel from 31 January 2018.

Foxtel On Demand’s selection of World Movies will feature nearly 100 titles from the World Movies library that will be available to stream or download, on demand, for subscribers to the Foxtel movies tier. Key titles set to arrive on demand include Embrace of the Serpent, Truman and Julieta, along with films from renowned auteurs Pedro Almodovar, Werner Rainer Fassbender, Xavier Dolan, Wong Kar Wai, Seijun Suzuki, Werner Herzog.

Brian Walsh, Foxtel’s Executive Director of Television said, “Foreign cinema continues to be popular with our movie subscribers, who demonstrate a discerning appetite for rich and diverse films from around the world and which brought about the addition of our latest on demand movies acquisition, Walter Presents. There is little doubt that the viewing habits of movie lovers continues to evolve; therefore, we’ve kept a step ahead with the decision to replace the World Movies channel with a dedicated on demand library.

“Today’s move streamlines our on demand offer of the best in world cinema putting it all within easy reach of international film fans. For subscribers still looking for a live experience, we are pleased to offer a special weekly screening of select World Movies titles that will air Wednesday evenings on Foxtel Movies Masterpiece starting 3 January.”

Foxtel reminds subscribers that a host of incredible content is available to stream, when and where they want, from the Foxtel On Demand library or from the Foxtel app, and encourages everyone to be sure their set top box is connected to the internet to take advantage of World Movies on demand along with the rest of the Foxtel On Demand library.

Foxtel’s World Movies screening will begin airing 3 January 2018 on Foxtel Movies Masterpiece (channel 402) and World Movies on Foxtel On Demand will be available from 1 February 2018 for Foxtel movies subscribers.


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