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. July features the NZ television premieres of Funny Cow, In Darkness, Lean on Pete, and Fahrenheit 11/9.

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The Latest on Rialto

Striking Out Season 2

Sunday 7 July 8.30pm Channel 039

Dublin lawyer Tara Rafferty is embattled but not beaten. With Vincent’s work sabotaged & Ray arrested, Tara decides to strike back with the help of ex-fiancé Eric and a formidable solicitor.

Take Every Wave: The Life Of Laird Hamilton

Wednesday 3 July 8.30pm Channel 039

The remarkable story of the legendary big wave surfer, much admired by the public, though often ignored by the surf industry itself. A true sports icon who refused to compete professionally yet is unrivalled in his domination of big wave surfing.


Monday 1 July 8.30pm Channel 039

Zama, an officer of the Spanish Crown, is stationed in a remote part of South America. He waits patiently for a letter from the King that will grant him a transfer from the town where he is stagnating.

Taken Down

Tuesday 2 July 8.30pm Channel 039

Taken Down is a crime drama series set in Dublin, opening with the violent death of a young Nigerian migrant found abandoned close to a Direct Provision Centre, where refugees wait in the hope of asylum.

For Ahkeem

Thursday 4 July 8.30pm Channel 039

After a school fight lands 17-year old Daje Shelton in a court-supervised alternative high school, she's determined to turn things around and make a better future for herself in her rough St. Louis neighborhood.

Funny Cow

Saturday 6 July 8.30pm Channel 039

Maxine Peake gives a formidable performance as an aspiring female comedian in the sexist Northern England club circuit during the 1970 s. Ill-treatment by men is something our eponymous heroine is grimly used to.


Monday 8 July 8.30pm Channel 039

It’s 1948 and the Cold War has reached Chile. Following the President’s outlawing of communism, Pablo Neruda, a beloved poet by the people of Chile and his wife are forced into hiding.

The Will To Fly

Wednesday 10 July 8.30pm Channel 039

An intimate portrayal about the life and tumultuous career of Lydia Lassila through world dominance by the Australian aerial ski team. As a young gymnast, Lydia Lassila’s Olympic aspirations were set and then dashed by injuries and missed opportunities.


Friday 5 July 8.30pm Channel 039

In the Season 2 premiere, Detective John Cardinal and Detective Lise Delorme dive into a mysterious new case. A woman who appears at a roadside bar with a bullet in her head and no memory of who she is…

In Darkness

Saturday 13 July 8.30pm Channel 039

Blind pianist Sofia (Natalie Dormer) overhears a struggle in the apartment above that leads to the death of her neighbour Veronique. It is the start of a journey that pulls Sofia out of her depth.

John McEnroe: In The Realm Of Perfection

Wednesday 17 July 8.30pm Channel 039

John McEnroe. One of the world’s greatest tennis players – often remembered for his catch phrase “You cannot be SERIOUS!” This fascinating collection of 16-mm footage shot at the time when he was the world's top-ranked player.

Coyote: The Mike Plant Story

Thursday 11 July 8.30pm Channel 039

Spanning the decade from Mike Plant's arrival in professional offshore sailing in the mid 1980's, Coyote: The Mike Plant Story follows Plant's daring spirit as he challenges both Mother Nature and French dominance in the sport.

Good Manners

Monday 15 July 8.30pm Channel 039

Working class Clara is employed by rich young Ana as a housekeeper and nanny for her baby-to-be. The taciturn Clara finds Ana flighty and irritating, but as her single employer’s neediness becomes apparent, Clara finds sympathy plus a wary attraction to her.

Lean On Pete

Saturday 20 July 8.30pm Channel 039

15 year-old Charley Thompson arrives in Portland, Oregon with his single father Ray, both of them eager for a fresh start after a series of hard knocks. While Ray descends into personal turmoil, Charley finds acceptance and camaraderie at a local racetrack.

The Heiresses

Monday 22 July 8.30pm Channel 039

Chela and Chiquita, both descended from wealthy families in Asunción, Paraguay, have been together for over 30 years. But recently their financial situation has worsened.

Call Me Bruna Season 3

Tuesday 16 July 8.30pm Channel 039

Based on the true story of the most famous sex worker in Brazil who attracted the attention of Brazilian media by publishing, in a blog, her sexual experiences with clients.

Team Khan

Wednesday 24 July 8.30pm Channel 039

A fly-on-the-wall documentary about British superstar boxer Amir Khan. Outside of the ring Amir has to grapple with the significance of family, fame, and religion, as he grows from being boxing's golden child into a professional fighter.

Island Of The Hungry Ghosts

Thursday 18 July 8.30pm Channel 039

Located off the coast of Indonesia, the Australian territory of Christmas Island is inhabited by migratory crabs that have travelled in their millions from the jungle towards the ocean.

Fahrenheit 11/9

Saturday 27 July 8.30pm Channel 039

Filmmaker Michael Moore predicted that Donald Trump would become the 45th president of the United States. Travelling across the country, Moore interviews American citizens to get a sense of the social, economic and political impact of Trump's victory.

The Last Suit

Monday 29 July 8.30pm Channel 039

88 year-old holocaust survivor Abraham Bursztein is about to be put out to pasture by his children, who have sold his house in the suburbs of Buenos Aires and booked him into a retirement home.