Rialto Channel offers a superb range of specialist movie, documentary and entertainment programming. Here is an opportunity to see programming that you won't see anywhere else on New Zealand television. Rialto Channel appeals to movie lovers who want to be more than just entertained – you want to be informed, educated and involved.
Sundays 8.30pm in January
This month, Rialto Channel showcases British film, beginning with England is Mine (6th), a portrait of pre-Smiths rocker Morrissey in his early days in 1970s Manchester. The Dark Mile (13th) is a tense psychological thriller set in the Scottish Highlands. Richard Brake plays a tattoo artist with a reverence for his craft in chiller Perfect Skin (20th). Finally, I Am Not a Witch (27th) from British director Rungano Nyoni tells the story of a Zambian girl accused of witchcraft. The film was a critic’s favourite worldwide screening at Cannes Film Festival and winning a BAFTA for Outstanding Debut.
Rialto Channel: Sundays from 6th – 8.30pm & OnDemand
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The Bureau is based upon real accounts by former spies and inspired by contemporary events. It centres on the daily life and missions of agents within France's General for Directorate External Security - the GDSE, its principal external security service.
80-year-old Ali Ungar comes across a book by a former SS officer describing his wartime activities in Slovakia. He realises his parents were executed by him and sets out to take revenge but instead meets up with his 70-year-old son, Georg, a retired teacher.
Jim and Jean Thomas were Australian zookeepers when they found out about the plight of the Tenkile. A small rare tree kangaroo, and decided to do something to save it. They travelled to the remote wilds of the Torricelli Mountains in Papua New Guinea. When they arrived they were shocked.
Slovakia 1983. The new teacher, Maria Drazdechova, asks each student to stand up, introduce themselves and tell her what their parents do for a living. It slowly becomes clear that the pupils' grades are related to how willing their parents are to helping her out with her ‘donations’.
Hedy Lamarr was a Hollywood movie star who was hailed as the most beautiful and glamorous in the world. However, that was only the surface that tragically obscured her astounding true talents. Foremost of them was her inventive genius, that a world blinded by her beauty, could not recognise.
On a sweltering August day in 1945, villagers prepare for the wedding of the town clerk's son. Meanwhile, two Orthodox Jews arrive at the village train station with mysterious boxes labelled "fragrances." The town clerk fears the men may be heirs of the village's deported Jews.
John G. Avildsen's films have inspired millions of 'underdogs' and shaped popular culture for decades, yet most people don't even know his name. Discover the unknown legend behind Rocky & The Karate Kid Trilogy in this official biography.
A unique cinematic and musical collaboration. Mountain is a dazzling exploration of our obsession with mountains. Only three centuries ago, climbing a mountain would have been considered close to lunacy. The idea scarcely existed that wild landscapes might hold any sort of attraction.
The late Australian actor Rod Taylor was a versatile and popular leading man, equally adept at romantic comedy, adventure and dramatic roles. Taylor's rugged on-screen and off-screen persona created a brand of Australian masculinity now enjoyed by actors such as Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman and Chris Hemsworth.
What if your country was swallowed by the sea? The Pacific Island nation of Kiribati (population: 100,000) is one of the most remote places on the planet, seemingly far-removed from the pressures of modern life. Yet it is one of the first countries that must confront an unspoken dilemma of our time - imminent annihilation from rising sea levels.
Laced with subtle irony and black humour, this bone-dry domestic drama unravels the blissful ignorance of a well-to-do Prague family with the same cool precision of Östlund’s Force Majeure. Leaving their two teenagers to fend for themselves, the liberal couple goes ocean sailing.
Sometimes it can feel like the environmental, economic and social issues the world is currently facing are too big, too overwhelming, to be dealt with by individuals. Climate change, resource limits, economic downturn, social disconnection. Surely these issues can only be properly managed by our governments?