Rialto Channel offers a superb range of specialist movie, documentary and entertainment programming. Here is an opportunity to see programming that you won't see anywhere else on New Zealand television. Rialto Channel appeals to movie lovers who want to be more than just entertained – you want to be informed, educated and involved.
Life Through the Lens with Peter Peryer
Wednesdays in April 8.30pm Channel 039
Officer of the New Zealand order of merit for services to photography, Peter Peryer was among the five artists recognised in 2000 by the Arts Foundation of New Zealand as their inaugural Laureates. In April, exclusive to Rialto Channel, Peter focuses on four documentaries celebrating and acknowledging the art of photography. Personally presenting each documentary, Peter will introduce you to each photographer, sharing his eye and love for this craft.
Inside Out: The People’s Art Project
Wednesday 5 April 8.30pm Channel 039
This fascinating documentary tracks the evolution of the biggest participatory art project in the world, the wildly popular ‘INSIDE OUT'.
Her Aim Is True
Wednesday 12 April 8.30pm Channel 039
Before Leibovitz, there was Jini... Her Aim Is True brings together musicians and rock photographers in an inspiring and unforgettable journey revealing unlikely rock 'n' roll photographer, Jini Dellaccio who visualised punk before it had a name and embodied indie before it was cool.
Mapplethorpe: Look At The Pictures
Wednesday 19 April 8.30pm Channel 039
The one thing more outrageous than Mapplethorpe's photographs was his life. Intimate revelations from family, friends and lovers are topped only by Mapplethorpe's candor, revealed in a series of rediscovered, never before heard interviews, made public here for the first time.
Get The Picture
Wednesday 26 April 8.30pm Channel 039
Meet John G Morris, 95, a legend of photojournalism, whose unerring eye for the best shot has moved and changed the world. Morris, former Picture Editor of Life Magazine & The New York Times was instrumental in the early years of Magnum with his friends and peers Robert Capa & Henri Cartier Bresson.
WATCH ON RIALTO
Season begins 14 April 8.30pm Channel 039
A dark, edgy and violent political, sci-fi thriller from Cesar-nominated writer and director, Olivier Marchal. Set in the near future, multi-national corporations are Europe's new leaders. One of the most powerful wishes to further secure their growing dominance by replacing the police force with their own private militias.
Saturday 29 April 8.30pm Channel 039
London 1975. High Rise is the unnerving tale of life in a modern tower block running out of control. Within the concealing walls of an elegant forty-storey tower block, the affluent tenants are hell-bent on an orgy of destruction.
Tuesday 25 April 8.30pm Channel 039
An innovative animated New Zealand documentary created to bring the New Zealand experience at Gallipoli to life, and introducing it to current audiences through a reimagined world. Directed By reknowned NZ Director & Producer Leanne Pooley.
Saturday 15 April 8.30pm Channel 039
Idealistic FBI agent Nate Foster goes undercover to take down a radical white supremacy terrorist group. The up-and-coming analyst must confront the challenge of sticking to a new identity while maintaining his real principles as he navigates the dangerous underworld of white supremacy.
Saturday 8 April 8.30pm Channel 039
Remember tells the story of Zev, a 90-year-old man struggling with memory loss and still coming to terms with the loss of his wife.
The Neon Demon
Saturday 1 April 8.30pm Channel 039
When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality make her stand out from all the others, the model agency believe she has a unique certain “thing”. But as her popularity grows, a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has…
Beyond The Walls (3 Part French Miniseries)
Starts Tuesday 4 April 8.30pm Channel 039
Speech therapist Lisa suddenly inherits a strange house that sits across the road from her apartment. Apparently, the unrelated owner had sat, dead and undiscovered, in an armchair for thirty years – and his will explicitly names her as inheritor of his home.
Sunday 30 April 8.30pm Channel 039
After opening a convent in the Himalayas, five nuns encounter conflict and tension – both with the natives and also within their own group – as they attempt to adapt to their remote and exotic surroundings. Winner of two Academy Awards.
Sunday 2 April 8.30pm Channel 039
Chas, a violent and psychotic East London gangster needs a place to lie low after a hit that should never have been carried out. He finds the perfect cover in the form of guest house run by the mysterious Mr. Turner, a one-time rock superstar, who is looking for the right spark to rekindle his faded talent.
Saturday 22 April 8.30pm Channel 039
Maggie's plan to have a baby on her own is derailed when she falls in love with John, a married man, destroying his volatile marriage to the brilliant and impossible Georgette.
Sunday 19 & 26 March 8.30pm Channel 039
Based on real events, this powerful story of friendship, trust and forgiveness takes us into the heart of a community rocked by a child’s disappearance.
Sunday 12 March 8.30pm Channel 039
In 2003, 20 year old soldier Tom Keys and five others are shot dead in an ambush in Iraq. His parents, Reg and Sally, are devastated to learn that Tom and his colleagues were inadequately armed and equipped and Sally slips into an alcoholic depression.
The Childhood Of A Leader
Saturday 11 March 8.30pm Channel 039
This chilling fable about the rise of fascism in the 20th Century tells the story of a young American boy living in France in 1918, whose father is working for the US government on the creation of the Treaty of Versailles.
Sunday 5 March 8.30pm Channel 039
Dorottya is a young Hungarian actress with a burning desire: to make it on the English stage. Legendary actor Sir Michael Gifford suffers from an incurable disease, and has one desire: to be left alone. When Dorottya becomes his carer they both hope their wishes will be fulfilled.
Saturday 25 March 8.30pm Channel 039
Based on the real-life scandal that shocked Victorian England, the film tells the story of Euphemia "Effie" Gray. At 19, she married the prominent art historian and critic John Ruskin, but Ruskin refused to consummate their marriage.
Saturday 18 March 8.30pm Channel 039
Hannah is beginning to move on with her life after the death of her husband, an acclaimed musician and the subject of her latest biography.
Saturday 4 March 8.30pm Channel 039
Philosophy professor Walter Zarrow is wounded during a mugging. In an effort to escape he rings doorbells indiscriminately, waking Sam, a middle aged father of two. Sam reluctantly answers Zarrow's pleas, as Zarrow loses consciousness in his arms.
Stories from the Silver Screen
Wednesday evenings in March Channel 039
NZ filmmaker Lee Tamahori presents ‘Stories from the Silver Screen’ every Wednesday night in March. The award-winning director of Once Were Warriors and Die Another Day, introduces our viewers to stories reflecting the golden-age of iconic film, filmmakers and actors. Gain on-set access and a behind-the-scenes pass to witness the vision of the dreamers and creatives who all came together to embody the ‘silver screen’.
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