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Witnesses -
Season 2

Tuesdays from 15 August 8.30pm

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Monday 21 August 8.30pm

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Hell Or
High Water

Saturday 29 July 8.30pm

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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.

Behind The Camera

Thursdays from 3 August 8.30pm Channel 039

People have always been fascinated by the entertainment industry, and in this month’s Rialto Documentary premieres, we give viewers a peek behind the scenes.

Kate Plays Christine

Thursday 3 August 8.30pm Channel 039

Ten years ago, when Robert Greene learned the story of Christine Chubbuck - a 1970’s TV reporter in Sarasota, Florida, who was the first person to commit suicide on live television - two things instantly came to him: “How do you make a film about someone who kills themselves? She went on television to commit suicide so people would see it, and that has been lost".

Versus: The Life And Films Of Ken Loach

Thursday 10 August 8.30pm Channel 039

A documentary on the life and times of Ken Loach. His politics in British TV and cinema and the chaos he has caused the establishment for 50 years. One of Britain’s most loved directors – The Wind That Shakes The Barley, Ae Fond Kiss, Jimmy’s Hall & I, Daniel Blake.

Dennis Hopper: Uneasy Rider

Thursday 17 August 8.30pm Channel 039

Easy Rider legend Dennis Hopper's unflappable veneer belied a man constantly teetering towards his next larger than life incarnation. Influential artist, filmmaker, musician and eccentric, Hopper's crammed and exorbitant life offers a riveting narrative.


The Autopsy Of Jane Doe

Saturday 5 August 8.30pm Channel 039

While investigating the murder of a family, Sheriff Sheldon and his team are puzzled with the discovery of the body of a stranger buried in the basement that does not fit to the crime scene. The corpse of the beautiful Jane Doe is rushed late at night to the coroner Tommy Tilden.

I, Daniel Blake

Saturday 12 August 8.30pm Channel 039

A 59 year old carpenter recovering from a heart attack befriends a single mother and her two kids as they navigate their way through the impersonal, Kafkaesque benefits system. With equal amounts of humour, warmth and despair, the journey is heartfelt and emotional right to the end. Starring Dave Johns & Hayley Squires.

Miles Ahead

Saturday 19 August 8.30pm Channel 039

In the midst of a prolific career, Miles Davis disappears from public view for a period of five years in the late 1970s. He lives in isolation while dealing with chronic pain from a deteriorating hip, a musical voice inhibited and numbed by drugs and painkillers, and traumatic memories of his past.

Witnesses - Season 2

Tuesdays from 15 August 8.30pm Channel 039

Fifteen men are found frozen and quietly sitting in a bus on a road near the North Sea on the first day of spring. Catherine Keemer, it turns out, is an amnesiac who has had a past love affair with each of the victims.

The Salesman

Monday 28 August 8.30pm Channel 039

Forced to leave their collapsing house, Ranaa and Emad, an Iranian couple who happen to be performers rehearsing for Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" rent a new apartment from one of their fellow performers. Unaware of the fact that the previous tenant had been a woman of “ill repute”, they settle down.


Monday 21 August 8.30pm Channel 039

In the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I, a young Bedouin boy experiences a greatly hastened coming-of-age as he embarks on a perilous desert journey to guide a British officer to his secret destination.

The Idol

Monday 7 August 8.30pm Channel 039

Since his early years in his native Gaza, Mohammed Assaf has had a golden voice. Accompanied by his sister Nour and two of his friends, he sings in courtyards first and later at weddings while Kamal helps him to develop the full range of his vocal capacities.


Sunday 27 August 8.30pm Channel 039

The story of two friends from the same council estate drifting apart in their thirties – Leah, a white woman reluctant to become a mother, and Natalie, a black woman conflicted by professional success. Rarely can a drama have looked violent death in the face so unflinchingly.


Sunday 6 August 8.30pm Channel 039

Johnny flees Manchester for London, to avoid a beating from the family of a girl he has raped. There he finds an old girlfriend, and spends some time homeless, much of his time ranting at strangers and meeting characters in plights very much like his own.

Hell Or High Water

Saturday 29 July 8.30pm Channel 039

Texan brothers Toby and Tanner decide to rob the branches of the bank threatening to foreclose on their family land. For them, the hold-ups are part of a last-ditch scheme to take back a future that was stolen from under them.

Lo And Behold: Reveries Of The Connected World

Thursday 13 July 8.30pm Channel 039

Viewing the internet as one of the biggest revolutions we as humans are experiencing, and told over the course of ten chapters, Herzog leaves no stone unturned when pondering our dependency on technology.

The First Monday In May

Wednesday 26 July 8.30pm Channel 039

A behind the scenes look at the preparations for the 2015 art exhibit, China: Through the Looking Glass held at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, commonly referred to as the Met Gala, which has become one of the hottest tickets in town.

Withnail & I

Sunday 9 July 8.30pm Channel 039

London, 1969. Two unemployed actors, Withnail (Richard E Grant) and Marwood (Paul McGann), are destitute and desperately in need of a change of fortunes. They decide to go on holiday to a cottage in the country.

Sexy Beast

Sunday 2 July 8.30pm Channel 039

This mutliple award-winng cult film tells the story of brutal gangster Don Logan who recruits "retired" safecracker Gal for one last job, but it goes badly for both of them. Starring Ray Winstone & Ben Kingsley (Oscar Nominated for Best Supporting Actor) & Ian McShane.


Saturday 22 July 8.30pm Channel 039

Paterson is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey. Every day, Paterson adheres to a simple routine: he drives his daily route, writes poetry into a notebook, walks his dog, stops in a bar and drinks exactly one beer and goes home to his wife Laura. By contrast, Laura's world is ever changing.

I Saw The Light

Saturday 15 July 8.30pm Channel 039

The story of the country-western singer Hank Williams, who, in his brief life, created one of the greatest bodies of work in American music.

Trespass Against Us

Saturday 8 July 8.30pm Channel 039

Three generations of the rowdy Cutler family live as outlaws in some of Britain's richest countryside - hunting hares, ram-raiding stately homes and taunting the police. Struggling to retain a way of life fast becoming extinct, Chad (Michael Fassbender) ends up caught between his father's (Brendan Gleeson) archaic and supposedly Catholic principles and trying to do right by his kids.

The Confirmation

Saturday 1 July 8.30pm Channel 039

A divorced father and his eight-year-old son, spend a rather predictable weekend together, but when a valuable toolbox gets stolen, the search for the thieves will turn into a true family bonding.

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