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I Am Not
A Witch

Sunday 27 January 8.30pm

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Goat

Saturday 5 January 8.30pm

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Living
The Change

Friday 18 January 8.30pm

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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.

BRITISH FILM


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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Nina

Nina

She was one of the century's most extraordinary talents, a 15-time Grammy nominee and Grammy Hall of Fame recipient, her mesmerising songs and passionate politics combined to make her the unforgettable Nina Simone. But fame and fortune came with a price.

She was one of the century's most extraordinary talents, a 15-time Grammy nominee and Grammy Hall of Fame recipient, her mesmerising songs and passionate politics combined to make her the unforgettable Nina Simone. But fame and fortune came with a price.

The
Promise

The Promise

When empires fall, love can still survive…Brilliant medical student Michael meets beautiful dance instructor Ana in late 1914. Their shared Armenian heritage sparks an attraction that explodes into a romantic rivalry between Michael and Ana's boyfriend.

When empires fall, love can still survive…Brilliant medical student Michael meets beautiful dance instructor Ana in late 1914. Their shared Armenian heritage sparks an attraction that explodes into a romantic rivalry between Michael and Ana's boyfriend.

Goat

Goat

Reeling from a terrifying assault, 19-year-old Brad Land starts college determined to get his life back to normal. His brother Brett is already established on campus and belongs to a fraternity that allures Brad with its promise of protection, popularity and life-long friendships. Yet Brett is reluctant for Brad to join.

Reeling from a terrifying assault, 19-year-old Brad Land starts college determined to get his life back to normal. His brother Brett is already established on campus and belongs to a fraternity that allures Brad with its promise of protection, popularity and life-long friendships. Yet Brett is reluctant for Brad to join.

American
Pastoral

American Pastoral

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Philip Roth novel, American Pastoral follows an all American family across several decades, as their idyllic existence is shattered by social and political turmoil that will change the fabric of American culture forever.

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Philip Roth novel, American Pastoral follows an all American family across several decades, as their idyllic existence is shattered by social and political turmoil that will change the fabric of American culture forever.

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The Bureau

Tuesday 1 January 8.30pm Channel 039

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.

The Interpreter

Monday 7 January 8.30pm Channel 039

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.

Into The Jungle

Friday 4 January 8.30pm Channel 039

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.

Radioman

Thursday 10 January 8.30pm Channel 039

The incredible story of an extraordinary eccentric, a former homeless man whose unparalleled obsession with the movies took him from sleeping on the streets to becoming a New York City movie legend with over 100 small parts in films to his name.

The Teacher

Monday 28 January 8.30pm Channel 039

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’.

Along For The Ride - Dennis Hopper

Thursday 24 January 8.30pm Channel 039

Along for the Ride explores the highs, lows and phoenix-like ascension of iconic Hollywood maverick Dennis Hopper as seen through the eyes of his longtime right-hand man and devoted friend, Satya dela Manitou.

Bombshell - The Hedy Lamarr Story

Thursday 31 January 8.30pm Channel 039

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.

1945

Monday 21 January 8.30pm Channel 039

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: King Of The Underdogs

Thursday 3 January 8.30pm Channel 039

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.

Mountain

Friday 11 January 8.30pm Channel 039

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.

Rod Taylor - Pulling No Punches

Thursday 17 January 8.30pm Channel 039

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.

Anote's Ark

Friday 25 January 8.30pm Channel 039

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.

Family Film

Monday 14 January 8.30pm Channel 039

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.

I Am Not A Witch

Sunday 27 January 8.30pm Channel 039

When 8-year-old Shula turns up alone and unannounced in a rural Zambian village, the locals are suspicious. A minor incident escalates to a full-blown witch trial, where she is found guilty and sentenced to life on a state-run witch camp.

Living The Change

Friday 18 January 8.30pm Channel 039

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?

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