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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An in-depth look at daily life at one of the most famous cultural institutions in the world, Vienna’s most famous art/history museum. This enthralling, multi-layered portrait takes us on a privileged tour behind the scenes of one of the world’s most illustrious collections of art and artefact.
Set in the Holy Land in the first century C.E., a young woman leaves her small fishing village and traditional family behind to join a radical new social movement. At its head is a charismatic leader, Jesus of Nazareth, who promises that the world is changing. Mary is searching for a new way of living, and an authenticity that is denied to her by the rigid hierarchies of the day.
In 1843 London, author Charles Dickens finds himself in financial trouble after writing three unsuccessful novels in a row. Desperate for a hit, Dickens relies on real-life inspiration and his vivid imagination to bring Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and other classic characters to life in ‘A Christmas Carol’, forever changing the holiday season.
Spring. Yorkshire. Isolated young sheep farmer Johnny Saxby numbs his daily frustrations with binge drinking and casual sex, until the arrival of a Romanian migrant worker Gheorghe, employed for the lambing season. The chance meeting ignites an intense relationship that sets Johnny on a new path.
Agnes Varda, one of the leading lights of France's honoured French New Wave cinema era along with professional photographer and muralist, J.R., set off together around France in a special box truck equipped as a portable photo booth and traveling printing facility as they take photographs of people around the country for a special art project.
Winner of the Audience Award for Best Narrative Film at the Tribeca Film Festival, The Divine Order is set in Switzerland in 1971 where, despite the worldwide social upheavals of the previous decade, women were still denied the right to vote. When dutiful housewife Nora is forbidden by her husband to take a part-time job, her frustration leads to her becoming the poster child of her town’s suffragette movement.
Michael Haneke (Amour) returns with a drama about a well-off French family living in a bourgeois bubble in northern France, oblivious to the human misery unfolding in migrant camps, a few miles from their home. Undoubtedly, in this family, everyone has a skeleton in the closet.
The Greatest Show on Earth is a lavish tribute to circuses, featuring three intertwining plotlines concerning romance and rivalry all beneath the big top. DeMille's film includes spectacular action sequences, including a show-stopping train wreck. Let the show begin!
Pierre, a 75 year old widower, has discovered online dating websites. Using the profile picture of Alex, his grand daughter's handsome boyfriend, Pierre ‘meets’ Flora. Charmed by his elegant conversations and intimate confessions, she asks him on a date, face to face.
Chicken People is a funny and uplifting look at the world of show chickens and the people who love them. Starting at the largest national poultry competition, likened to the Westminster Dog Show, Chicken People follows three top competitors over the course of a year as they grapple with life's challenges while vying to win next year's crown.
A cinematic sleigh ride deep into the strange but true world of 'real bearded Santas,' including visits to Santa Claus University and the annual convention of the Fraternal Order of Real Bearded Santas. 'Believe' chronicles a year in the life of several actual real-bearded Santas. For these men, it's not just a job - it's a calling.
Sara eventually finds the will in the family Bible and they’re all shocked when they realise that the Dolwen land has been left to Huw. The four children are to share the house, with Ifan being left Mair’s diaries, Nia her clothes and Sara her jewellery. Tom has been left £5,000. Geraint is so incensed he confronts Huw, resulting in a brawl.
Larger than life, wild, scary and androgynous - Grace Jones plays all these parts. Yet here we also discover her as a lover, daughter, mother, sister and even grandmother, as she submits herself to our gaze and allows us to understand what constitutes her mask. The stage is where her most extreme embodiments are realised and her theatrical imagination lets loose - this is where the musical of her life is played out.
The Terry Kath Experience is a documentary about a daughter discovering the legacy of her father, the late Terry Kath. Kath was one of the founding members of the band Chicago whose powerful guitar playing and husky, melodic voice has been praised by such icons as Jimi Hendrix, Joe Walsh and Eric Clapton. Before discovering his full potential as a guitar icon, Kath’s life ended tragically at age 32.