Foxtel launches Fox Docos, a new documentary service

Launching 1 September, Fox Docos will 'unfold the story and enhance audience understanding of our fascinating, ever-changing world,’ says Foxtel's James Buchan.
Heath Ledger from I AM Heath Ledger, available on Fox Docos

On 1 September, Foxtel is launching a new factual content service, Fox Docos. The new brand will launch with a library of over 600 hours of documentary content both local and international. 

With a focus on ‘inspiring stories of achievement, tragedy, success and triumph,’ the brand will collect a range of documentaries from the Foxtel catalogue. The collection will launch with a range from recent HBO features, to fluffy Foxtel favourites. Jim Buchan, Foxtel’s General Manager of Factual, described the launch collection’s broad appeal:

‘From headline-grabbing scandals, celebrity biographies and artist performances to incredible sporting moments, epic travelogue series and inspiring stories of everyday people, Fox Docos will unfold the story and enhance audience understanding of our fascinating, ever-changing world.’

Image from HBO Original TIGER, available on Fox Docos
TIGER is one of several HBO Originals to launch on FOX DOCOS

Headlining the launch is NYC Epicenters 9/11-2021½, Oscar- and Emmy-award winning director Spike Lee’s four-part docuseries. The series tells the story of loss and survival in New York since the September 11 attacks.

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Also premiering on Fox Docos in September are two highly anticipated HBO documentaries: Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union, a three-part docuseries that examines the personal and political journey of President Barack Obama. Another critically acclaimed, topical title to launch is Nanfu Wang’s In the Same Breath, which recounts the origin and spread of the novel coronavirus from the earliest outbreak in Wuhan, China to its rampage across the US. It also includes Foxtel Original documentary Walking With Grace, which follows Australian of the Year Grace Tame as she leads a bush walk of self-empowerment and healing.  

‘In our mission to bring world-class entertainment to the living rooms and screens of more Australians each and every day, Fox Docos will give our customers an unrivalled destination for brand new, highly acclaimed world class documentaries all in one place.’

Jim Buchan, FOXTEL General Manager, Factual

The service has a particular focus on sports documentaries, including Swell Chasers, a surfing odyssey from award-winning Australian director Tim Bonython, and Lauda, the definitive story of the late three-time F1 World Drivers’ Champion Niki Lauda.

Image from the press kit of BARACK OBAMA: IN PURSUIT OF A MORE PERFECT UNION, on Fox Docos

Other highlights include the I AM franchise, beginning with I AM Heath Ledger, as well as the popular Foxtel Arts franchise, which includes Fake or Fortune, The Art Detectives, Stars of the Silver Screen, and Rock Legends

Buchan described Fox Docos as whetting the ‘huge appetite’ that Australian audiences have for high-quality non-fiction storytelling. He said: ‘In our mission to bring world-class entertainment to the living rooms and screens of more Australians each and every day, Fox docos will give our customers an unrivalled destination for brand new, highly acclaimed world-class documentaries all in one place.’

Fox Docos launches on 1 September. It will be available to Foxtel customers through linear programming and On Demand.

Jini Maxwell is a writer and curator who lives in Naarm. They are an assistant curator at ACMI, where they also host the Women & Non-binary gamers club. They write about videogames and the people who make them. You can find them on Twitter @astroblob