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.
ART MEETS LIFE
Thursdays 8.30pm in December
Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, Faces Places (27th) headlines our collection of art documentaries. Follow director Agnes Varda and photographer/muralist J.R. as they journey through rural France and form an unlikely friendship. Prophecy (20th) is the story of an oil painting from conception to completion by artist Peter Howson and its subsequent sale. The Great Museum (13th) takes an in-depth look at daily life at one of the most famous cultural institutions in the world, The Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. The docu-drama Francofonia (6th) tells the history of the Louvre during the Nazi occupation and a meditation on the meaning and timelessness of art.
Rialto Channel: Thursdays from 6th – 8.30pm
The Man Who
The Man Who Invented Christmas
God's Own Country
Roald Dahl's Esio Trot
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Teenage runaway Tia hitches a ride on an isolated country road. When the car crashes with fatal consequences, Tia finds she has nowhere to go. Seeking out the family of the crash victim, Tia moves into the farm of fellow survivor Will and his pregnant wife Donna.
Lonely, ageing bachelor Mr Hoppy lives in a London flat and has two loves in his life - his balcony garden and Mrs Silver, the widow in the flat below. Sadly Mrs Silver is too fond of her tortoise Alfie to respond. Noting that Mrs Silver is perturbed that Alfie never seems to grow, Mr Hoppy hatches a plan to win her affection..
The Misandrists begins with Volker, a young man with an injured leg, stumbling through the forest, pursued by the police and their tracking dogs. When he emerges from the woods, he sees two young women, Isolde and Hilde, frolicking in a field. When the beautiful young Isolde realises the young man is in trouble with the law, she convinces Hilde to help her hide him in the basement of their house.
Bates Motel actress Olivia Cooke stars as Katie, an angelic seventeen-year-old working as a waitress in a Southwestern diner. With her mother doing nothing to help pay rent on their trailer, Katie has also taken up work as a prostitute. After meeting the brutish Bruno and quickly falling in love, Katie finally sets and end goal for herself.
Seventeen is set in a small rural village in Austria, that consists only of a high school and the local nightclub, far from the next big city. 17-year-old Paula falls head over heels for her classmate Charlotte, who has a boyfriend but at the same time feels strongly drawn to Paula.
Out of nowhere, Katja's life falls apart when her husband Nuri and little son Rocco are killed in a bomb attack. Her friends and family try to give her the support she needs, and Katja somehow manages to make it through the funeral. But the mind numbing search for the perpetrators and reasons behind the senseless killing complicate Katja's painful mourning.
A tale of the harsh reality of Nazi Germany's euthanasia practices. Ernst Lossa is a 13 year old boy who is traveling with his parents as "gypsies". Being rebellious, Ernst has spent some time in several different homes, and although he was declared educable, he is sent to a mental hospital.
In an English cottage, four young people from London move in together, seeking to challenge social conventions and their own tolerances by engaging in scheduled partner-swapping. The durability of their new living arrangements is tested by the arrival of an outsider.
Doug was an amazing fighter, but a less amazing businessman. Saddled with a gym in debt with a market more interested in virtual boxing than the real thing, he is drowning in the contents of a poisoned chalice. Now he has to try to save his beloved gym from being turned into a modern chain-gym with Yoga and Zumba.
Ifan has a flashback to Gwyndaf drowning. He jumped in to save his father after Huw’s punch sent him into the water. He managed to get him back to the jetty where Huw started to pull him up onto dry land, but then let him fall back in and pushed his head under the water. Ifan did nothing to stop him.