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Foxtel commissions new four-part series with the Barefoot Investor Money School

Media Release: Monday June 24, 2019

Foxtel commissions new four-part series with the Barefoot Investor

Money School

Foxtel and Screen Australia announced today a new four-part documentary series from producer Essential Media with best-selling author and media commentator Scott Pape, aka the Barefoot Investor – Money School.

Premiering on Foxtel in early 2020, Money School follows behind the scenes as Scott launches a financial revolution that he hopes will change the nation – starting with kids in school.

Scott has created a brand-new money education program for primary and secondary schools, based on his best-selling books, which he hopes to eventually roll out to every school in Australia – beginning with a number of pilot schools this year.

The Barefoot Money Movement has received an overwhelming response since its launch in May, with 8991 principals and teachers supporting the initiative, and over 2000 schools, or one in five of all Australian schools, applying to be part of the program.

Scott Pape said: “Kids spend a total of around 2,300 days at school. Yet not even one of those days is dedicated to teaching them essential money skills. Debt is tearing families and communities apart – a quarter of the nation can’t repay their credit cards, and a million homeowners are under stress. It’s clear that money education needs to be better.

“Too many Australians don’t have the skills to pay the bills. Most of us had to learn these skills the hard way, because we were never taught them in school. Our kids deserve better. My goal is that by teaching the kids, we help their parents too. And when we help parents, we can change the nation.”

Wendy Moore, Foxtel Group General Manager, Lifestyle, said: “It’s incredibly rewarding for the Lifestyle team to be working with Scott to capture such a fabulous, positive movement that literally starts from the ground up. That we can take this knowledge to such a wide audience is so powerful, and the fact that it is so authentically Australian makes it a perfect project for our audience.”

Money School is produced by Essential Media exclusively for Foxtel, with principal production investment from Screen Australia.

Head of Documentary at Screen Australia, Bernadine Lim, said: “Culturally we can be hesitant to talk about our personal finance, so the premise of this documentary stood out to us as a unique opportunity to explore a touchy subject. Coupled with the fact Essential Media have a proven track record in delivering insightful Australian content that is highly accessible, Money School will definitely be one to watch.”

Well-known and respected by Australian audiences, Pape’s refreshingly real approach to money aims for financial control and security whatever your stage in life. A former investment advisor, his first book, The Barefoot Investor – The Only Money Guide You’ll Ever Need, has sold 1.6 million copies and is the highest-selling non-fiction book of the last 20 years in Australia. In September 2018 he released the follow up, The Barefoot Investor for Families which broke the record for first-week sales of non-fiction in Australia.

Money School is currently in production and will premiere on Foxtel’s Lifestyle channel early next year.


Hell Hath No Fury Meet the women of chilling new Australian drama Lambs of God What’s inside the July issue of Foxtel magazine?

Hell Hath No Fury
Meet the women of chilling new Australian drama Lambs of God

What’s inside the July issue of Foxtel magazine?

The wind is howling and it’s bitterly cold when Foxtel magazine visits the Blue Mountains set of Foxtel Original drama Lambs of God. Within minutes, the heavens open, which only adds to the eeriness.

In the heart of Mount Wilson, we find the most magnificent, perfectly aged monastery ruins, complete with lush gardens overflowing with vegetables. It’s mind-boggling to think that it was purpose-built for the visually stunning four-part drama – a twisted fairytale based on the book by Marele Day – making its debut on FOX SHOWCASE this month. Foxtel magazine’s cover star Essie Davis is almost unrecognisable, sporting an unflattering wig and a single spooky white contact lens as the mysterious, partially blind Sister Iphigenia. “I always like playing a character that I don’t feel like I’ve played before,” she explains, adding: “Initially, we were going to shave off my hair and it was all going to be really good fun! But because of what I have coming up next, we ended up with these [wigs] with all our hair shoved up under it.”

Currently wowing in her Emmy-winning role as Aunt Lydia in The Handmaid’s Tale, Ann Dowd was the only person considered to play Sister Margarita, so producers were beyond excited when she finally signed on. “I read [the script] and it was so intriguing and so unusual. My only hang-up was to be away from my family,” New York-based Dowd explains, adding of Margarita: “She was very, very intriguing. Some characters, you get a sense pretty quickly of who they are. Others, you really have to spend time with. This is one of the latter.” The full article from page 10.

The ‘Lawyer X’ saga has it all. From the underbelly of Melbourne, the tale of the double-crossing barrister unmasked as Nicola Gobbo earlier this year is “the biggest legal scandal in Australian history”, says seasoned news reporter Peter Stefanovic, who fronts two-part documentary Lawyer X: The Untold Story on Sky News this month. “She was a puppetmaster who very much enjoyed pulling the strings.”

This year marks two decades since Australia’s ICC Cricket World Cup triumph in the UK. With the team in England seeking to repeat that feat as the current competition ends, Darren Lehmann – who hit the winning runs in 1999 – reflects on his role in sporting history. “We really won on the back of Shane Warne and Steve Waugh,” he says. “They played amazingly – Steve played superbly to get that hundred against South Africa, and then Shane took over in the semifinal and final. To go undefeated in World Cups over more than 10 years is really unbelievable.”

Foxtel Magazine July Issue hits Australian subscriber homes from this week,


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