Rialto Channel offers the finest selection of the very best independent films, series and documentaries. This month’s line-up includes the New Zealand television premieres of Swinging Safari, Newtown, The Florida Project and Raw.

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The Latest on Rialto

My King

Friday 28 September 8.30pm Channel 039

Tony is admitted to a rehabilitation center after a serious ski accident. Dependent on the medical staff and pain relievers, she takes time to look back on a turbulent relationship that she experienced with Georgio. Why did they love each other? Who is this man that she loved so deeply? How did she allow herself to submit to this suffocating and destructive passion?

From The Land Of The Moon

Friday 21 September 8.30pm Channel 039

Marion Cotillard stars as Gabrielle in this melodrama about an idealistic woman trapped in a marriage of convenience in post-World War II France. When Gabrielle's husband, a Spanish farmer named Jose, sends her to the Alps to find a cure for her kidney stones, Gabrielle falls madly in love with an injured veteran of France's Indochinese War.


Friday 7 September 8.30pm Channel 039

Rigorously trained from an early age by a perfectionist instructor, Polina (played by Anastasia Shevtsova, a professional dancer who has performed with Saint Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre) is a promising classical ballet dancer. She is just about to join the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet when she discovers contemporary dance, a revelation that throws everything into question on a profound level.

Ask The Sexpert

Thursday 27 September 8.30pm Channel 039

Director Vaishali Sinha’s documentary follows Dr. Mahinder Watsa, a former gynecologist who writes a wildly popular daily sex column in the Mumbai Mirror. For his frank, funny and instructive answers to queries that often go unanswered in prudish India, Watsa is treated like a celebrity, especially among women — even though he’s 91 years old.


Thursday 20 September 8.30pm Channel 039

Recovering from a very public divorce, independent filmmaker and Italian Prince Tao Ruspoli takes to the road to talk to his relatives, advice columnists, psychologists, historians, anthropologists, artists, philosophers, sex workers, sex therapists, and ordinary couples about love, sex & monogamy in our culture.

The Night Of All Nights

Thursday 13 September 8.30pm Channel 039

Together for a lifetime. Who can manage this and who still wants to? What seems to be an oddity for us nowadays was the norm for the generation of our grandparents. Couples who “made it” and accomplished something that today seems almost impossible, staying together for a lifetime, in good times and in bad.

The Pink House

Thursday 6 September 8.30pm Channel 039

The story of Kalgoorlie's last original gold rush brothel is seen through the eyes of 70 year old Madam Carmel, and her longest-serving lady of the night, BJ. Filmed over several years and with unprecedented access to the inner workings of this unique brothel, the film is an intimate portrait of two women bound together by the past and their precarious future.


Wednesday 26 September 8.30pm Channel 039

Dolores Huerta bucks 1950s gender conventions by starting the country's first farm worker's union with fellow organiser Cesar Chavez. What starts out as a struggle for racial and labour justice, soon becomes a fight for gender equality within the same union she is eventually forced to leave.

Straight/Curve: Redefining Body Image

Wednesday 19 September 8.30pm Channel 039

Ninety percent of women and young girls say they do not feel represented in the fashion industry or in media, and that the imagery they consume on a daily basis makes them feel "disgusting" and "less than".