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October features the NZ television premieres of Von Lux, Colette, Destroyer and The House That Jack Built.

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Destroyer

Saturday 12 October 8.30pm Channel 039

The moral and existential odyssey of LAPD detective Erin Bell who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a gang in the Californian desert with tragic results. When the leader of that gang re-emerges, she must work her way back through the remaining gang members.

Vox Lux

Saturday 5 October 8.30pm Channel 039

Vox Lux begins in 1999 when teenage Celeste survives a violent tragedy. After singing at a memorial service, Celeste transforms into a burgeoning pop star with the help of her songwriter sister and manager. Her meteoric rise to fame dovetails with a personal and national loss of innocence.

McMafia

Sundays - from 6 October 8.30pm Channel 039

Alex Godman, the English-raised son of an exiled Russian crime family, has spent years trying to evade his family's past and live on the straight and narrow, running a legitimate business and mapping out a future with his girlfriend Rebecca.

Gun No. 6

Thursday 3 October 8.30pm Channel 039

This is the story of how a single handgun ended up in the hands of as many as 11 different gunmen in the space of 6 years. Families have been torn apart, neighbourhoods distrupted and lives lost. The only thing that connected all of these crimes is the weapon itself – Gun no. 6.

Transit

Monday 7 October 8.30pm Channel 039

A melancholy thriller of love and limbo which expertly blends historical fact with a contemporary milieu. As fascism spreads through Europe, German refugee Georg flees to Marseille and assumes the identity of a dead writer whose transit papers he is carrying.

Hunters

Tuesday 22 October 8.30pm Channel 039

In a small town in northern Sweden, the prospect of a new mine leads to conflict between environmentalists and the many people who envisage the mine as the way to a new and better future for their problem-ridden town.

Breaking The Waves

Wednesday 2 October 8.30pm Channel 039

In a small coastal town, a simple, devoutly religious Scottish woman, Bess McNeill, finds an unlikely partner in an oil rig worker from Norway, Jan Nyman. However, the relationship grows strained when Nyman breaks his neck in a horrific work accident on the rig and becomes paralysed.

Good Night And Good Luck

Friday 4 October 8.30pm Channel 039

Good Night and Good Luck chronicles that real-life conflict between esteemed television newsman Edward R. Murrow (Strathairn) and Senator Joseph McCarthy. In the early 1950's, the threat of Communism created an air of intense paranoia in the United States, many lives were lost and careers ruined.

Fyre Fraud

Thursday 10 October 8.30pm Channel 039

“The Greatest Party That Never Happened”….The Fyre Music Festival was the defining scam of the millennial generation, made worse with social media influence… Marketing for the 2017 music event went viral with the help of rapper Ja Rule, instagram stars and models, but soon became an epic fail.

Dancer In The Dark

Wednesday 9 October 8.30pm Channel 039

Selma is a Czech immigrant, a single mother working in a factory in rural America. Her salvation is her passion for music, specifically the all-singing, all-dancing numbers found in classic Hollywood musicals. But Selma harbours a sad secret: she is losing her eyesight.

La Porta Rossa

Tuesday 1 October 8.30pm Channel 039

After having identified his murderer in Season 1, Commissioner Cagliostro has still remained in the world of the living. But when the time comes to leave his earthly life forever, something unexpected happens.

The Wind That Shakes The Barley

Friday 11 October 8.30pm Channel 039

Ireland 1919, workers unite to form volunteer guerrilla armies to face the ruthless 'Black and Tan' squads that are being shipped from Britain to block Ireland's bid for independence. Driven by a deep sense of duty and a love for his country, Damien abandons his burgeoning career as a doctor and joins his brother.

Antichrist

Wednesday 16 October 8.30pm Channel 039

While a married couple is having sex, their infant son in a nearby room falls out a window to his death. She becomes distraught and is hospitalised, but her husband, who is a psychiatrist, attempts to treat her.

Lou Andreas-Salome, The Audacity To Be Free

Monday 14 October 8.30pm Channel 039

A biographical drama based on the life of Lou Andreas-Salomé, the woman who enraptured Europe's greatest minds. One of the outstanding intellects of the 20th Century, a published novelist, poet and essayist, Salomé's desire to live a life free from convention scandalised society.

Slender Man: The Untold Story

Thursday 17 October 8.30pm Channel 039

Black suit. Blank face. Long, slender arms. Since 2009, “The Slender Man” has slowly inched his way into internet folklore. The terrifyingly tall supernatural character first originated as an internet meme who scared, abducted and traumatised children, But in 2014, he became horrifyingly real.

Away From Her

Friday 18 October 8.30pm Channel 039

Happily married for nearly 50 years, Fiona and Grant find their mutual devotion tested by Fiona’s struggle with Alzheimer's disease. When it becomes apparent that her condition is worsening, she checks into a rest home. Grant visits her a month later and finds that his wife has grown close to Aubrey, a fellow resident.

Colette

Saturday 19 October 8.30pm Channel 039

Based on the life of the French novelist Colette, who after marrying successful Parisian writer Willy, is transplanted from her childhood home in rural France to the intellectual and artistic splendor of Paris. With money troubles mounting, Willy convinces Colette to ghostwrite for him.

False Confessions

Thursday 24 October 8.30pm Channel 039

Would you confess to a crime you did not commit? Each year countless American suspects do, and experts say that trained interrogators can get anybody to confess to anything. Defense attorney Jane Fisher-Byrialsen is determined to put an end to interrogation techniques that pressure innocent people into making false confessions.

Melancholia

Wednesday 23 October 8.30pm Channel 039

Melancholia is a beautifully shot, psychological drama/science fiction film about the end of the world. Justine and Michael are celebrating their marriage at a sumptuous party in the home of her sister Claire. Despite Claire’s best efforts, the wedding is a fiasco.

Homesick

Monday 21 October 8.30pm Channel 039

Jessica, an ambitious cello student, moves into a new flat, with her boyfriend Lorenz. When she receives the honourable invitation to represent Germany in an international contest for classical music, it is a dream come true for her – but at the same time an enormous pressure.