FOXTEL to celebrate the life of “Mr Movies”, Bill Collins
“Mr Movies”, Bill Collins, will be remembered and celebrated at a special event, hosted by Foxtel in Sydney on Sunday, September 15.
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.