• Just a sample of the films that await you when SBS World Movies launches into your living room on 1 July. (SBS Movies)Source: SBS Movies
Welcome to your new favourite TV channel. SBS World Movies launches free-to-air around Australia on 1 July.
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24 Jun 2019 - 12:50 PM  UPDATED 5 Jul 2019 - 3:47 PM

The programming across the premiere week of SBS World Movies includes Oscar winners and nominees for Best Picture (Lion), contemporary classics (Spirited Away, Amelie), recent festival favourites (Ash Is Purest White, Rafiki) and more.

SBS World Movies launches in Australia on 1 July and will be broadcast in HD on channel 32,  joining existing channels, SBS, SBS VICELAND, SBS Food and NITV.

How to watch SBS World Movies
Important information about SBS digital channels 31 and 32.



Australia, UK, USA, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Garth Davis
Starring: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, David Wenham
What's it about?
A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family. Nominated for six 2017 Academy Awards (including Best Picture), and one of the most commercially successful Australian-made films of all time.

Director Garth Davis on his first feature film 'Lion'


Kenya, South Africa, 2018
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: Swahili, English
Director: Wanuri Kahiu
Starring: Samantha Mugatsia, Neville Misati, Nice Githinji
What's it about?
Kena and Ziki long for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls resist and remain close friends, supporting each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety.

Film Review: 'Rafiki'
Rafiki director interview: 'You have the right to love'


Eye in the Sky

UK, 2016
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Language: English
Director: Gavin Hood
Starring: Alan Rickman, Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Barkhad Abdi, Iain Glen
What's it about?
London based military intelligence officer Colonel Michelle Madden (Mirren) is set to remotely command a top secret drone operation to capture a group of dangerous terrorists from their safe-house in Nairobi, Kenya. The carefully planned mission suddenly escalates from a 'capture' to a 'kill' operation when Madden realises that the terrorists are about to embark on a deadly suicide mission, which would result in the catastrophic deaths of many innocent civilians. 

Eye In The Sky review: Drone thriller right on target

Just a Breath Away

France, 2018
Genre: Science Fiction
Language: French
Director: Daniel Roby
Starring: Romain Duris, Olga Kurylenko, Fantine Harduin, Michel Robin
What's it about?
A strange and deadly mist envelops Paris. A group of survivors finds refuge on the upper floors of apartment blocks and on the roofs of the capital. With no information, electricity, food or water, a couple attempts to survive this disaster and save their daughter. But as the hours go by, one thing becomes quite clear: there is no help on the way, and if they want to make it through this catastrophe alive, they will have to try their luck in the mist…



Brick Lane

UK, India, 2007
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Bengali
Director: Sarah Gavron
Starring: Tannishtha Chatterjee, Christopher Simpson, Satish Kaushik, Zafreen
What's it about?
Young Bangladeshi, Nazneem (Chatterjee) is sent to London, leaving behind her beloved sister and home, for an arranged marriage and a new life. Trapped within the four walls of her flat in Brick Lane, East London, and in a loveless marriage with the middle aged Chanu (Kaushik), complete with two daughters. She fears her soul is quietly dying. Her sister Hasina (Zafreen), meanwhile, continues to live a carefree life back in Bangladesh, stumbling from one adventure to the next. Then one day, Karim (Simpson) knocks on her door with a consignment of garments for hemming, casual work she has taken on for extra money. Age difference aside, Karim and Nazneem begin to nurture a relationship.  

Brick Lane: Internal journeys are the most challenging to film
Brick Lane review - For those who loved the book, be prepared.

Pin Cushion

UK, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Deborah Haywood
Starring: Lily Newmark, Joanna Scanlan, John Henshaw, Loris Scarpa
What's it about?
Peculiar mother-daughter duo, Lyn (Scanlan) and Iona (Newmark), move to a new town in the hope of finding a better life for themselves. Used to only each other for company, Iona starts to drift away from her mother after befriending a trio of popular girls at school. In turn, Lyn tries to find her own group of friends, but both struggle to find their way through their social awkwardness. With fragile personalities, they stumble their way through the harsh reality of bullies and frenemies, only to find themselves retreating more and more into the fantasy world they’ve built for themselves.

Pin Cushion review: Achingly fragile and genuinely, preciously peculiar



France, 2001
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Language: French
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Starring: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz
What's it about?
Young Amélie Poulain (Tautou) works in a Paris café, lives alone and helps people, surreptitiously. Whether it's secretly returning the childhood treasures of a middle aged man, to matchmaking for the lovelorn, Amélie gives fate a helping hand. When Nino (Kassovitz) enters her world, her life takes a new and exciting turn. Nominated for five Academy Awards, including Original Screenplay and Foreign Language Film.

Amelie: Reviewed by David Stratton
Dinner and a movie: Watch Amelie & make crème brûlée

Ash Is Purest White

China, 2018
Genre: Crime, Romance, Drama
Language: Chinese, Mandarin
Director: Jia Zhangke
Starring: Zhao Tao, Liao Fan, Feng Xiaogang, Xu Zheng
What's it about?
Qiao (Zhao) is in love with Bin (Fan), a big time mobster in a small provincial town. Despite the dangers of the criminal underworld, Qiao rests easy with the protection provided by the mob’s brotherhood. However, when a rival gang attacks, Qiao steps up to protect Bin. Her act of loyalty sends her to prison for five years. From acclaimed director Jia Zhangke (A Touch of Sin, Platform).

Ash is Purest White review: Love smoulders, crime pays


Sky Hunter

China, 2017
Genre: War, Action, Drama
Language: Chinese
Director: Li Chen
Starring: Li Chen, Fan Bingbing, Tomer Oz, Leon Lee, Guo Mingyu, Jiahang Li
What's it about?
China’s first aerial warfare film tells the story of Wu Di, Zhao Yali, Batu and Gao Yuan, who are the well-trained air force elite of the Chinese military. During one overseas operation, a terrorist conspiracy is revealed which threatens hundreds of lives in the area. In order to resolve the hostage crisis and foil the terrorist plot, they are called into action to devote themselves in the unprecedented sky battlefield.

The 12th Man

Norway, 2017
Genre: Drama, War
Language: Northern Sami, English, , German
Director: Harald Zwart
Starring: Thomas Gullestad, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Marie Blokhus, Mads Sjøgård Pettersen
What's it about?
Above the Arctic Circle in Northern Norway, the dramatic story of the young resistance fighter, Jan Baalsrud (Gullestad), unfolds. Jan is the only one, out of twelve resistance fighters to escape the Germans, but the Gestapo is on his heels. Jan's moral fiber, incredible strength and his courageous countrymen keeps him alive. But when he seeks refuge in a mountain cave and ends up being trapped by a blizzard for two weeks all hope seems lost. Nevertheless, Jan is recovered, weak, frostbitten and barely alive, but one question remains; will he make it to neutral Sweden before the Germans find him.


Spirited Away 

Japan, 2001
Genre: Family, Adventure, Animation
Language: Japanese
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Starring (voice cast): Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Miyu Irino
What's it about?
Chihiro and her family are on their way to their new house in the suburbs, but on their way, they stumble upon a tunnel that leads them into a fantasy world full of ghosts and strange creatures. An Oscar-winning and universally-beloved animation from the renowned Studio Ghibli, directed by the legendary Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbour Totoro, Princess Mononoke).

Spirited Away, reviewed by David Stratton

SBS World Movies celebrates Studio Ghibli Weekend
The new SBS World Movies channel presents a special season devoted to Japan's animation masters. All day, all July 6 & 7 weekend, only on Digital Channel 32.

Image from Spirited Away (showing 12:00PM, Thurs 19th July)

Loving Pablo

Spain, 2017
Genre: Crime, Drama
Language: English, Spanish
Director: Fernando Leon de Aranoa
Starring: Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Peter Sarsgaard
What's it about?
Academy Award winners Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz reunite in the true story of the volatile love affair between Colombia’s most famous journalist, Virginia Vallejo and the world’s most feared drug lord, Pablo Escobar. When Virginia first met Pablo, she was drawn to him by his charisma and contagious passion for his country and the people he loves. As their passionate affair intensified, so did the brutal violence and tyranny that surrounded Escobar’s empire. As her world comes crashing down around her, Virginia must decide if she will support the man she loves or help bring down one of the most vicious criminals the world has ever known in this amazing story inspired by true events from Virgina's best-selling memoir.

Javier Bardem, on finally making his Escobar movie ‘Loving Pablo’, with Penelope Cruz


SBS World Movies celebrates Studio Ghibli Weekend
The new SBS World Movies channel presents a special season devoted to Japan's animation masters. All day, all July 6 & 7 weekend, only on Digital Channel 32.
Heartfelt romances, global controversies and international megastars – SBS World Movies has it all
SBS is thrilled to reveal the July line-up of SBS World Movies, our new free-to-air HD channel, launching 1 July 2019. ‘Loving Pablo’, ‘Rafiki’, ‘Brick Lane’ and ‘Just A Breath Away’ are among the titles to headline the first month.
We've launched a free-to-air movie channel: SBS World Movies
SBS World Movies free-to-air channel brings world cinema to all Australians, all-day, every day.
How to watch SBS World Movies
Important information about SBS digital channels 31 and 32.


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