World Movies

World Movies
World Movies Channel Logo
Launched October 1995
Owned by Special Broadcasting Service
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Country Australia
Language English
Broadcast area National
Foxtel Channel 430 (SD/HD)
Channel 1430 (SD)
Foxtel Channel 430 (SD/HD)
Channel 1430 (SD)
Optus TV Channel 430

World Movies is an Australian subscription television channel dedicated to all things in international film. The channel features foreign language films, documentaries, independent and mainstream cinema and interviews with international movie stars. It is available on Pay TV service, Foxtel and SVOD service, Stan.

The channel began broadcasting in October 1995, coinciding with the launch of Foxtel. It launched on Optus TV in May 1998.[1] World Movies was created by its founding CEO Laurie Patton on behalf of a syndicate that included the private company of Seven Network chairman Kerry Stokes, the Australian Radio Network (ARN) and public broadcaster SBS. SBS provided access to its inventory of English language subtitles and the other shareholders funded the setup costs. In October 2009, SBS announced its intention to buy out the other shareholders, giving it full ownership of the channel.[2]

World Movies is now owned and operated by SBS Subscription TV, a subsidiary of SBS. The two have a close working relationship, with films premiering on World Movies 12 months before becoming available on the SBS free-to-air channels.

In August 2011, World Movies launched a new look, new logo and tagline, Be Moved. It also introduced monthly themes, making it easier for viewers to find their genres of choice.

On 3 November 2014, World Movies launched a HD simulcast on Foxtel.[3]


World Movies broadcasts foreign films spoken in over 200 languages and covers all genres of film, including action, adult, horror, 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

In 2005, World Movies and SBS ran their program 25 Films You Must See Before You Die, which showcased one film per week from 1 March to 16 August 2005.[4]

The films chosen were:

  1. Seven Samurai (1954)
  2. The Rules of the Game (1939)
  3. Metropolis (1927)
  4. Dersu Uzala (1975)
  5. Blowup (1966)
  6. The Seventh Seal (1957)
  7. The Battleship Potemkin (1925)
  8. (1963)
  9. Un Chien Andalou (1928)
  10. Kes (1969)
  11. Breathless (1960)
  12. Mon Oncle (1958)
  13. Raise the Red Lantern (1991)
  14. Modern Times (1936)
  15. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)
  16. Boudu Saved from Drowning (1932)
  17. Solaris (1972)
  18. City of God (2002)
  19. Breaking the Waves (1996)
  20. Last Tango in Paris (1972)
  21. Nosferatu, a Symphony of Terror (1922)
  22. Umberto D. (1952)
  23. Three Colours: Blue (1993)
  24. The Battle of Algiers (1965)
  25. 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.[5]

  1. Triumph of the Will (1935)
  2. Grey Gardens (1975)
  3. To Be and to Have (2002)
  4. Dont Look Back [sic] (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 (1988)
  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)

Community Involvement

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.


  1. "Optus undercuts rival in Australia pay TV". Reuters News. 30 April 1998.
  2. Knox, David (19 October 2009). "SBS more than a flash in PAN TV". Retrieved 20 December 2009.
  3. Knox, David (3 November 2014). "BoxSets, Discovery Kids launch on Foxtel.". TV Tonight. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
  4. "25 Films You Must See Before You Die". World Movies. Archived from the original on 5 November 2005.
  5. World Movies' 25 Docs You Must See Before You Die microsite
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