My Sky + … Movies in April

Sky’s media moguls mania continues with the miniseries Paper Giants: Magazine Wars.

The two-part dramatisation premieres April 3 on Movies Extra and follows this month’s Power Games: The Packer-Murdoch Story miniseries and Sunday’s premiere of the Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War miniseries on Sky Sport 3.

“This is absorbing and frequently rewarding drama – a two-part series recounting the fierce rivalry between pulp magazine editors, Dulcie Boling and her former protege, Nene King,” said The Guardian.

“The editors’ protracted fight for circulation supremacy involving New Idea and Woman’s Day parallels the struggle between their bosses Rupert Murdoch and Kerry Packer to re-define the lowest common denominator in terms of what might – in better days – have been called ethics, morality and the right to privacy.”

Concurred The Australian: “I enjoyed this series enormously and love the way [the] filmmakers immortalise moments we once lived and ideas we once held and that helped shaped our culture.

“In some ways it’s like an obituary for the world’s best-known consumer titles, from lads’ mags to women’s weeklies, which are steadily losing their readers as the media landscape changes and digital rivals eat into their circulation.”

“With its backdrop of media, glossy-mag stories, ethics and Australia in the 1980s, Paper Giants: Magazine Wars has a rich terrain to mine,” TV Tonight said.

“But this is essentially a tale of revenge with consumers at the heart of the war. It was torrid and it was personal. The legacy these two women left on Australian magazines can still be found in any news agency in the country.”

Movies Extra’s other miniseries is the far less impressive Air Force One is Down, which was released last year on DVD, and is one of two “presidential” premieres: the other  is Movies Premiere’s White House Down.

Similarly, Premiere’s debut of Fast & Furious 6 will be complemented by two of the franchise’s earlier instalments being dusted off on Movies Greats, which also will screen all four Alien movies.

Other highlights includes the premieres of Zero Dark Thirty, Elysium, The Purge, Jack the Giant Slayer and, on the pop-up Family Channel in early May, Despicable Me 2.

Screening in order of their appearance are:


  • Cubicle Warriors (1st)
  • White House Down (6th)
  • A Haunted House (8th)
  • Elysium (13th)
  • Red Lights (14th)
  • 21 and Over (15th)
  • 42 (19th)
  • Jack the Giant Slayer (20th)
  • The Last Stand (23rd)
  • Fast & Furious 6 (27th)
  • The Purge (28th)
  • Back in the Day (29th)


  • Paper Giants: Magazine Wars Part 1 (3rd)
  • Side Effects (5th)
  • Down the Shore (8th)
  • All the Wrong Reasons (9th)
  • Paper Giants: Magazine Wars Part 2 (10th)
  • Jobs (12th)
  • Air Force One is Down Part 1 (17th)
  • The Odd Life of Timothy Green (19th)
  • Air Force One is Down Part 2 (24th)
  • Zero Dark Thirty (26th)


  • Win A Date With Tad Hamilton! (1st)
  • Alien (3rd)
  • Aliens (3rd)
  • Robin Hood (5th)
  • Kick-Ass (6th)
  • Alien 3 (10th)
  • Alien Resurrection (10th)
  • Fool’s Gold (12th)
  • The Rundown (13th)
  • Rumour Has It (18th)
  • The Waterboy (20th)
  • The Fast & The Furious (23rd)
  • Repo Men (27th)
  • The Fast & The Furious – Tokyo Drift (30th)


  • Dr Doolittle (18th)
  • The Smurfs 2 (20th)
  • Santa Claus (25th)
  • Ella Enchanted (27th)
  • The Railway Children (2nd)
  • Despicable Me 2 (4th)
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