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. April features the NZ television premieres of Mary Shelley, Book Club, Whitney and A Happening of Monumental Proportions.

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Hotel Salvation

Monday 1 April 8.30pm Channel 039

An ominous dream convinces 77-year-old Dayanand Kumar that his end could be near. He breaks the news to his son Rajiv that he wants to breathe his last breath in the holy city of Varanasi and end the cycle of rebirth, by attaining salvation.

Black Cop

Friday 5 April 8.30pm Channel 039

After being profiled, racially ridiculed and attacked by his fellow officers, a black policeman seeks revenge not only on his colleagues but the entire community.

Mary Shelley

Saturday 6 April 8.30pm Channel 039

She will forever be remembered as the writer who gave the world Frankenstein. But the real life story of Mary Shelley, and the creation of her immortal monster, is nearly as fantastical as her fiction.

The Indian Wrecking Crew

Thursday 11 April 8.30pm Channel 039

After WWII, two brands would battle for supremacy in the early days of American motorcycle racing - Harley Davidson and Indian. Three men, Bill Tuman, Bobby Hill and Ernie Beckman, racing for the Indian team.

Senna VS Brundle

Thursday 4 April 8.30pm Channel 039

Ayrton Senna remains one of the most popular Formula 1 drivers to ever grace the racetrack. They say adversity builds champions and during the 1983 British Formula 3, the young Senna faced a season long battle for supremacy against the unknown Martin Brundle.

The Gospel According To Andre

Wednesday 3 April 8.30pm Channel 039

From the segregated American South to the fashion capitals of the world, former Vogue editor-at-large André Leon Talley's life and career are on full display, in a poignant portrait that includes appearances by Anna Wintour, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Naomi Campbell, Valentino, and Manolo Blahnik.

Blood - The Finale

Sunday 7 April at 8.30pm Channel 039

Where we left off… Reeling from the impact of another tragedy, Cat is presented with a dark choice to make – whether to seek the truth or revenge…

The Wedding Plan

Monday 8 April 8.30pm Channel 039

At 32, Michal, an Orthodox Jewish woman, is finally looking forward to the comfort and security of marriage, when she is suddenly blindsided by her fiancé's decision to call off the wedding with only a month's notice.

Call Me Bruna Season 2

Tuesday nights at 8.30pm Channel 039

Where we left off… Bruna stalks a celebrity who, after spending a satisfying night with her, posts a selfie of them both and comes up with a nickname that will make her famous – Bruna Surfistinha!

Susanne Bartsch: On Top

Wednesday 10 April 8.30pm Channel 039

A feature documentary exploring New York City's culture through the influence of nightlife legend and fashion icon Susanne Bartsch. An event producer whose outlandish, over-the-top monthly parties at the Copacabana in the late 1980s united the haute and demi-monde.


Friday 12 April 8.30pm Channel 039

Hugo was 8 years old when he went missing. The search was fruitless, and under the extreme pressure of grief and loss, his parents split and go their separate ways. Until one day the police discover Hugo’s remains.

Striking Out

Sunday 14 April 8.30pm Channel 039

When Tara discovers her fiancé (and fellow solicitor) Eric has been cheating with a colleague, she leaves him and their prestigious law firm to set up her own practice specialising in family and divorce law.


Saturday 13 April 8.30pm Channel 039

Whitney Houston broke more music industry records than any other female singer in history. With over 200 million album sales worldwide, she was the only artist to chart 7 consecutive U.S. No.1 hits.

Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist

Wednesday 17 April 8.30pm Channel 039

The first film to encompass the remarkable story of one of the true icons of our time, fashion legend Vivienne Westwood, as she fights to maintain her brand's integrity, her principles - and her legacy.

The Receptionist

Monday 15 April 8.30pm Channel 039

Inspired by a true story, the film follows the life of an unemployed Taiwanese graduate in London who takes a job as a receptionist in an illegal massage parlor. She soon realises how the women struggle to make their lives work in a world where danger and violence are part of the job.

Lauda: The Untold Story

Thursday 18 April 8.30pm Channel 039

In 1976 Niki Lauda survived one of the most famous crashes in Formula 1 history. Using previously unseen footage, Lauda: The Untold Story explains what happened on that fateful, near fatal day at Nurburgring.

Anchor And Hope

Monday 22 April 8.30pm Channel 039

In their mid-30s, Eva and Kat have a fun and carefree simple life in their London canal boat until Eva, inspired by her exceptional mother Germaine (played by her real mother Geraldine Chaplin), presents Kat with an ultimatum: she wants a child.

A Happening Of Monumental Proportions

Saturday 20 April 8.30pm Channel 039

A series of touching comic events - some raucous, some sad, some instantly identifiable - mark actress Judy Greer's directorial debut. The nonstop comedy intertwines students, parents and teachers, all trying to find their way through Career Day at an elementary school.

Indian Horse

Friday 19 April 8.30pm Channel 039

Ontario, 1960. 7 year-old Saul Indian Horse is torn from his Ojibway family and committed to one of Canada's notorious Catholic residential schools. In this oppressive environment, Saul is denied the freedom to speak his language or embrace his indigenous heritage.

Book Club

Saturday 27 April 8.30pm Channel 039

Four longtime friends and book club members have their lives upended when they aim to spice up their mundane routines by reading the provocative bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey.