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.
Ten years ago, when Robert Greene learned the story of Christine Chubbuck - a 1970’s TV reporter in Sarasota, Florida, who was the first person to commit suicide on live television - two things instantly came to him: “How do you make a film about someone who kills themselves? She went on television to commit suicide so people would see it, and that has been lost".
A documentary on the life and times of Ken Loach. His politics in British TV and cinema and the chaos he has caused the establishment for 50 years. One of Britain’s most loved directors – The Wind That Shakes The Barley, Ae Fond Kiss, Jimmy’s Hall & I, Daniel Blake.
Easy Rider legend Dennis Hopper's unflappable veneer belied a man constantly teetering towards his next larger than life incarnation. Influential artist, filmmaker, musician and eccentric, Hopper's crammed and exorbitant life offers a riveting narrative.
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Winner of the 2017 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Forced to leave their collapsing house, Ranaa and Emad, an Iranian couple who happen to be performers rehearsing for Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" rent a new apartment from one of their fellow performers. Unaware of the fact that the previous tenant had been a woman of “ill repute”, they settle down.
While investigating the murder of a family, Sheriff Sheldon and his team are puzzled with the discovery of the body of a stranger buried in the basement that does not fit to the crime scene. The corpse of the beautiful Jane Doe is rushed late at night to the coroner Tommy Tilden.
A 59 year old carpenter recovering from a heart attack befriends a single mother and her two kids as they navigate their way through the impersonal, Kafkaesque benefits system. With equal amounts of humour, warmth and despair, the journey is heartfelt and emotional right to the end. Starring Dave Johns & Hayley Squires.
In the midst of a prolific career, Miles Davis disappears from public view for a period of five years in the late 1970s. He lives in isolation while dealing with chronic pain from a deteriorating hip, a musical voice inhibited and numbed by drugs and painkillers, and traumatic memories of his past.
Since his early years in his native Gaza, Mohammed Assaf has had a golden voice. Accompanied by his sister Nour and two of his friends, he sings in courtyards first and later at weddings while Kamal helps him to develop the full range of his vocal capacities.
The story of two friends from the same council estate drifting apart in their thirties – Leah, a white woman reluctant to become a mother, and Natalie, a black woman conflicted by professional success. Rarely can a drama have looked violent death in the face so unflinchingly.