A rather fabulous choice by TV Week announced today will see Bill “Mr. Movies” inducted into the Hall of Fame at next month’s Logie Awards.
Movie critic and presenter Bill Collins has appeared on Australian television screens for 46 years, surpassing his peers and helping Australian audiences to appreciate movie-making across a landscape of cinema.
Collins first came to recognition on ABC TV, presenting and producing a series of segments on film appreciation. Over the ensuing decades, he gained national fame through hosting his much-loved Golden Years Of Hollywood series on Channels Nine, Seven and TEN. He continues to present the series on Foxtel’s FOX Classics, which has been his on air home since 1995.
In 1987 he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for his services to film and television.
TV Tonight interviewed Bill Collins in January when he said, “I started on the ABC in 1963, but I started writing about films in a magazine called TV Times.
“And before I could turn around there I was presenting The Golden Years of Hollywood on Channel Nine on Friday nights, and I’ve been on TV ever since.”
Despite being closely associated with the films of Hollywood he is just as enthusiastic for other international cinema.
“I love British and Italian and Japanese films, but Hollywood’s are the ones I present. Just because I present those doesn’t mean my range isn’t a bid wider. I love films from all over. Directors like Visconte and Fellini. They are golden years films from Italy.”
Collins will join past recipients including Hector Crawford, Paul Hogan, Bert Newton, Bryan Brown, John Young, James Davern, Reg Grundy, Charles “Bud” Tingwell, Jack Thompson, Graham Kennedy, Bruce Gyngell, Ruth Cracknell, Don Lane and John Clarke.