and Butchers

Saturday 13 January 8.30pm

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Prison Dogs

Thursday 4 January 8.30pm

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Saturday 20 January 8.30pm

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Call Me Bruna

Tuesday 30 January 8.30pm

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Channel 039

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.

'Tis the Season for Rialto Rockumentaries...and a not so silent night!

Rock along with Rialto Rockumentaries Thursdays at 8.30pm this December, brought to you by THE SOUND.

Rialto Channel's Music Documentary series looks into the lives of musicians Alice Cooper, Elliott Smith, The Stooges and Mick Ronson. Over time their stories have come to define them and in some cases turned them into household names. Alice Cooper may not have considered the consequences of throwing a chicken into the crowd, but it made the band world famous.


Shepherds and Butchers

Saturday 13 January 8.30pm Channel 039

Shepherds And Butchers follows a jaded lawyer, John Weber, who takes on a seemingly hopeless multiple murder case.

Prison Dogs

Thursday 4 January 8.30pm Channel 039

Incarcerated for murder and armed robbery, some of the most hardnened New York criminals learn to love again by raising puppies behind bars.


Saturday 20 January 8.30pm Channel 039

In 1930’s Paris, two American sisters (and spiritual mediums), Laura and Kate Barlow, are an authentic psychic act touring pre-war Europe.

Call Me Bruna

Tuesday 30 January 8.30pm Channel 039

Raquel is an upper middle class young woman who decides to change her life completely! She runs away from home and starts working at Stella's brothel.

A Ghost Story

Saturday 6 January 8.30pm Channel 039

With A Ghost Story, acclaimed director David Lowery (AIN'T THEM BODIES SAINTS, PETE'S DRAGON) returns with a singular exploration of legacy, loss, and the essential human longing for meaning and connection.

Their Finest

Saturday 27 January 8.30pm Channel 039

The year is 1940 during the London Blitz of WWII. With the nation bowed down by war, the British ministry turns to propaganda films to boost morale at home.

Gimme Danger

Thursday 21 December 8.30pm Channel 039

An in-depth look at the legendary punk band, The Stooges. Emerging from Michigan amidst a counter cultural revolution, The Stooges' powerful and aggressive style of rock-n-roll blew a crater in the musical landscape of the late 1960’s.

Super Duper Alice Cooper

Thursday 7 December 8.30pm Channel 039

Super Duper Alice Cooper is the twisted tale of a teenage Dr Jekyll whose rock n roll Mr Hyde almost kills him. It is the story of Vincent Furnier, a preacher's son, who struck fear into the hearts of parents as Alice Cooper, the ultimate rock star of the bizarre.


Monday 11 December 8.30pm Channel 039

In the middle of the Aegean Sea, six men on a fishing trip on a luxury yacht decide to play a game. During this game, things will be compared. Things will be measured. Songs will be butchered, and blood will be tested.

Son Of Saul

Monday 4 December 8.30pm Channel 039

Saul Ausländer, a Hungarian-Jewish prisoner forced to work on the Nazis’ extermination production line as a member of the special squad whose job is to shepherd new arrivals into the gas chambers where they will be poisoned, their bodies burned, their ashes shoveled into a river.

35 Days

Sundays from 17 December 8.30pm Channel 039

Set in Wales, this compelling 8 part series begins with the discovery of the body of Jan Richards in her home on a well-off suburban housing estate.

Jasper Jones

Saturday 30 December 8.30pm Channel 039

A riveting and moving Australian coming of age story about Charlie Bucktin, a bookish boy of 14. On the night that Jasper Jones, the town's mixed race outcast shows him the dead body of young Laura Wishheart, Charlie's life is changed forever.


Saturday 23 December 8.30pm Channel 039

Brimstone is an epic thriller set in America’s Old Mid west. Liz is a mute woman who lives with her husband and children. When the new preacher arrives in town, she immediately senses danger. As the film unfolds, we see how he tries to take everything she cares about away from her.

Into The Forest

Saturday 9 December 8.30pm Channel 039

A worldwide power outage sends the globe toward the brink of apocalypse, forcing two sisters living in their isolated house in the Canadian woods to adapt to their new reality in this stirring end-of-the-world thriller.

Beyond The Known World

Saturday 2 December 8.30pm Channel 039

Carl and Julie are an estranged couple whose teen daughter Eve has gone missing in India. Their search takes them from Auckland to New Delhi and the Himalayas, where culture clashes and old wounds frustrate their efforts.

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