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Experience commercial-free, quality, independent films, series and documentaries that will inspire, inform and entertain you. From international winners to films made in NZ's own backyard, you'll find them all here. February features the NZ television premieres of Tea with the Dames, Shot Caller, Lucky and Chappaquiddick. 

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The Latest on Rialto


Shot Caller

Saturday 2 February 8.30pm Channel 039

Shot Caller follows the harrowing story of businessman Jacob Harlon who is transformed into a hardened, ruthless prison gangster after a minor DUI lands him in jail.

The Endless

Friday 1 February 8.30pm Channel 039

This mind-bending thriller follows two brothers who receive a cryptic video message inspiring them to revisit the UFO death cult they escaped a decade earlier.

Dark River

Sunday 3 February 8.30pm Channel 039

Following the death of her father, Alice returns home to Yorkshire for the first time in 15 years to claim the tenancy of the family farm that was promised to her. Once there, she encounters older brother Joe.

The Olive Tree

Monday 4 February 8.30pm Channel 039

Alma is a girl who adores her grandfather, a man who has not spoken for years. He stopped speaking when his beloved 2000 year old olive tree was sold against his will.

Coby

Wednesday 6 February 8.30pm Channel 039

In the village of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, 21 year old Coby leads a normal life, surrounded by his family and partner. In a very intimate way, this documentary tells the story of the journey that led him to live a life according to his true gender identity.

Kobi

Thursday 7 February 8.30pm Channel 039

In a modest workshop in remote Central Otago, Swiss goldsmith Kobi Bosshard, now approaching 80, and regarded as the grandfather of contemporary New Zealand jewellery, continues to produce works characterised by a simplicity and timelessness.

Embers

Friday 8 February 8.30pm Channel 039

In a dystopian future, an unidentified virus has caused a neurological disease of global proportions, decimating the majority of the earth's population.

Before We Vanish

Friday 15 February 8.30pm Channel 039

Three aliens travel to Earth on a reconnaissance mission in preparation for a mass invasion. Having taken possession of human bodies, the visitors rob their hosts of the very essence of their being.

Bill Direen: A Memory Of Others

Thursday 14 February 8.30pm Channel 039

For over 40 years Bill Direen has been recognised as a voice that has encompassed poetry, rock music, theatre and long-form prose. A road movie following his first national tour in more than a decade.