Remembering and Celebrating The Golden Years of Bill Collins

“Mr Movies”, Bill Collins, was be remembered and celebrated at a special event, hosted by Foxtel in Sydney. Bill passed away peacefully, at the age of 84, in June, bringing down the curtain on a remarkable life.

Bill’s passion for cinema led to an early career change from school teacher to television movie host in 1963. From the ABC, he went on to work at the Nine, Seven and Ten Networks before signing with Foxtel for its launch in 1995 and staying for the rest of his working life.

The Saturday night movie presentations, Bill Collins’ Golden Years of Hollywood, are fondly remembered across generations of Australians and are still available on Foxtel on demand.

Bill’s dedication to sharing his love of movies earned him awards and accolades, including the Order of Australia Medal in 1987, the TV WEEK Hall of Fame Logie Award in 2009 and, in July 2013 he was presented with the inaugural ASTRA Award for Lifetime Achievement.



Foxtel Executive Director of Television Brian Walsh said “Bill Collins was an iconic figure on Australian television for over 50 years and a treasured member of the Foxtel family.

“It is only fitting that we remember his extraordinary contribution and celebrate his illustrious career with a special event for work colleagues, friends and fans. It will be a great salute to a television legend.”

The celebration of Bill’s life on September 15 will be held at Foxtel on Oxford, in Paddington, Sydney.  The afternoon will include memoirs from some of those who worked with Bill over the years, both on and off camera, excerpts from some of his interviews and hostings and a screening of Bill Collins – Mr Movies, a one hour tribute special.

Source: Foxtel

HMS Pinafore at Hayes Theatre From November, 2019

Maverick director Kate Gaul makes her Hayes Theatre Co debut with this re-imagined, gender-bending, hyper-theatrical and kinky take on this Gilbert & Sullivan classic.

Starring Billie Palin, Katherine Allen, Tobias Cole, Rory O’Keefe, Thomas Campbell, Bobbie Jean Henning, Jermaine Chau, Sean Hall, Gavin Brown, Zach Selmes and Dominic Lui.

Mistaken identity, class warfare, sisters, sailors and the trickiest of tongue twisters abound in this nautical caper. The Hayes stage is a playground where performers sing, tell stories, play multiple musical instruments (all while changing not a word or note of Gilbert & Sullivan’s excellent work).

Gilbert and Sullivan were the undisputed masters of comic operetta, and the proud parents of the modern musical. Ample proof of their lasting brilliance is that their works are as in demand today as they were when created over a century ago, thanks to their ability to bend and adapt to modern eyes and ears.

Aboard the ship H.M.S. Pinafore, the captain’s daughter, Josephine has fallen in love with a lowly sailor, Ralph Rackstraw, despite her father’s plan to marry her to the First Lord of the Admiralty, Sir Joseph Porter. As the lovers lament their predicament and plan their escape, a surprise disclosure from an unlikely quarter shows that not all is at it seems.

“H. M. S. Pinafore answers the burning question of who, among equals, is the most equal and whether love can level ranks,” said director Kate Gaul, whose unique and fresh vision for Pinafore caught the eye of Hayes Theatre Co. “In this quirky chamber version, love is celebrated as the 21stcentury collides with the 19thcentury in unexpected ways, and the (mostly) young company re-claim G & S, test its boundaries and have a ship-load of fun.”

Featuring songs like I am the Monarch of the Sea, I’m Called Little Buttercup and He is an Englishman, H.M.S. Pinafore is a sharp and timeless satire of the social hierarchical system of the Victorian Age, promising a nautical flag dance with a message in semaphore; costumes, makeup and tattoos inspired by vintage post cards; silk cloth, knots, ropes, and a pulley or two – and at least one floatation device.

Source: Hayes Theatre

Georgia Fowler announced as special guest of the 2019 Stella Artois Caulfield Cup Carnival

Hot off the New York Fashion Week (NYFW) catwalk and straight to Caulfield Racecourse, celebrated international model Georgia Fowler is set to add a touch of glamour as she attends the 2019 Stella Artois Caulfield Cup Day on Saturday 19 October.

A special guest of the Melbourne Racing Club (MRC), the 27-year-old, New Zealand-born model rounds out the impressive line-up of celebrities making an appearance trackside this spring to take part in the New York City inspired festivities.


Having grown up between New Zealand and Australia, Georgia worked locally as a model before signing with IMG Models at 16 and making the career-defining move to the Big Apple. Now calling New York City home, she has swiftly become one of the world’s most sought-after fashion faces and is listed as one of the top earning models of 2018.

Georgia has graced the runway of the Victoria Secret Fashion Show for three consecutive years and worked for high profile fashion and beauty brands including Miu Miu, H&M and Prada as well as strutted her stuff for Chanel and Kanye West’s Yeezy label – travelling all corners of the globe.

With a professional golfer as a father, Georgia’s love of sport is in her blood. She is sure to make herself at home at Caulfield this spring where she will enjoy world-class racing including the Group 1, $5.15m Stella Artois Caulfield Cup, as well as the finest food, entertainment and trackside fashion.

Returning to Australian shores, Georgia is looking forward to experiencing one of Melbourne’s acclaimed sporting events and discovering how her home city of New York is translated trackside.

“I’m excited to be attending Stella Artois Caulfield Cup Day and seeing how Caulfield Racecourse will be brought to life like New York City. I love calling New York my home now, and I’m happy to be bringing a touch of the city with me to Melbourne,” said Fowler.

“I’ve always loved Melbourne and what is has to offer, its food, fashion and general vibe, and I’m looking forward to experiencing the fusion of this with New York at the Carnival”.

Peta Webster, Chief Commercial Officer at the Melbourne Racing Club shared the Club’s delight in having Georgia attend this year’s Carnival.

“Georgia is a charming character that has built a highly successful career in the fashion industry from a young age. We would love to call her our own but we’re truly excited to welcome her to Australia and to Caulfield to join in the celebration of New York City. We expect she’ll bring a sense of impeccable style and fun to Stella Artois Caulfield Cup Day,” said Webster.

Georgia joins a star-studded list of MRC special guests for this year’s Carnival including US-based musician and son of Actor Daniel Day Lewis, Gabriel-Kane Day Lewis, and power couple Jobe Watson and Virginia Slaghekke.

New Yorkers at heart, Georgia, Gabriel-Kane, Jobe and Virginia will share their love of the Big Apple trackside at Caulfield this year, taking part in the Carnival’s reimagination of New York City.

Source: Melbourne Racing Club

Academy Award winner Geena Davis joins the Power of Inclusion Summit

Academy Award® winner Geena Davis has joined the ground breaking The Power of Inclusion summit. Davis will speak alongside over 35 international and local history makers from the entertainment industry and beyond, at this pivotal event in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand on 3 and 4 October 2019. The summit will present a two day programme on pertinent issues in the inclusion and representation space in entertainment.

Known for her vast acting roles including the iconic Academy Award® winning film Thelma & Louise, Davis is a longstanding advocate for gender parity in the entertainment and media industry. In 2004, stunned by the lack of female representation on screen as well as negative stereotypes perpetuated therein, Davis founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media at Mount Saint Mary’s University with the mantra, ‘if she can see it, she can be it.’

A powerhouse organisation, the Institute’s ground breaking research and guidance has prompted significant change in onscreen portrayals at major networks, studios, advertisers, production companies, guilds and agencies. It was recently announced that Davis will be the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the upcoming 2020 Academy Awards®.

New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) CEO Annabelle Sheehan said “It is such an honour to welcome Geena Davis to The Power of Inclusion summit. Her body of work and her activism are an inspiration. The Power of Inclusion hosts a ground breaking line up of entertainment sector speakers, of a depth and breadth not seen before in New Zealand and Australasia. The siren call of the conference has attracted speakers from across the global screen industry and in New Zealand, whose activism and production work are inextricably linked to the core issues of diversity and inclusion. As an industry we have a responsibility to empower, to amplify and to focus on equity in front of and behind the camera.”


Source: Power Of Inclusion

Taylor Swift headlines the Melbourne Cup Carnival

The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) has announced ten-time GRAMMY® Award-winning, record-breaking global superstar Taylor Swift will perform at Lexus Melbourne Cup Day on Tuesday 5 November, 2019.

The American singer-songwriter will sing two of her latest hits in the Mounting Yard ahead of ‘the race that stops a nation’™ at Flemington Racecourse (Melbourne, Australia).

It will be Taylor’s only public appearance in Australia following the release of her critically-loved smash seventh studio album Lover.

Lover is Australia’s highest selling album for 2019 and achieved the highest week one sales in Australia since the release of Taylor’s previous album Reputation in 2017.

Lover delivered the year’s biggest first-week US sales in just one day and has generated over 1 billion streams in Australia alone.

VRC Chief Executive Officer Neil Wilson said the Club was thrilled to welcome Taylor Swift to Flemington for Cup Day.

“Lexus Melbourne Cup Day is the most celebrated day on Australia’s major event calendar and with a reach of 1 billion people globally, it’s only fitting the VRC welcomes the world’s most celebrated star for the event,” Mr Wilson said.

“To think you can come to Flemington and watch not only the race that stops a nation but see one of the world’s biggest, if not the biggest, entertainer perform for the cost of a general admission ticket is phenomenal. We look forward to welcoming Taylor Swift to our wonderful event in just under 54 days.”

The 2019 Melbourne Cup Carnival begins with AAMI Victoria Derby Day on Saturday 2 November, followed by Lexus Melbourne Cup Day on Tuesday 5 November, Kennedy Oaks Day on Thursday 7 November and Seppelt Wines Stakes Day on Saturday 9 November.

Source: Victoria Racing Club