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Tea With
The Dames

Sunday 24 February 8.30pm

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Before We
Vanish

Friday 15 February 8.30pm

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Pin Cushion

Sunday 10 February 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. This month we premiere ‘Rialto Channel PRIDE documentaries’ celebrating our rainbow community, ‘Spanish Gems’, ‘Indie Sci-Fi’, ‘Rialto British’ and the carefully curated NZ Documentary series ‘Inspirational Kiwis’. Plenty to be informed, entertained and inspired by!

NEW ZEALAND DOCUMENTARIES


Thursdays 8.30pm in February

Be inspired with a carefully curated collection of documentaries, Inspirational Kiwis. First up,
Kobi (7th) is a warm, personal portrait of Kobi Bosshard, a pioneer of contemporary New Zealand jewellery making. Then Bill Direen: A Memory of Others (14th) is an in-depth exploration of the cult hero’smusic and writing, providing a glimpse into our social history. Where There is Life (21st) follows the journey of Margaret Lee and her family after she was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in late 2010. Last but not least, in Kiwi box office hit No Ordinary Sheila (28th) meet Sheila Natusch, who has dedicated her long life to sharing her understanding and love of New Zealand’s nature.

Rialto Channel: Thursdays this month – 8.30pm & OD

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Tea With
The Dames

Tea With The Dames

“Ain’t nothing like a Dame”… there couldn’t be a more apt phrase. Dames Joan Plowright, Maggie Smith, Eileen Atkins and Judi Dench. They meet up once a year, every year, for tea, where they laugh, chat and sip champagne. Together, they're 342 years old.

“Ain’t nothing like a Dame”… there couldn’t be a more apt phrase. Dames Joan Plowright, Maggie Smith, Eileen Atkins and Judi Dench. They meet up once a year, every year, for tea, where they laugh, chat and sip champagne. Together, they're 342 years old.

Chappa-
quiddick

Chappa- quiddick

Chappaquiddick. The name forever synonymous with the scandal and mysterious events surrounding the tragic drowning of a young woman, as Ted Kennedy drove his car off the infamous bridge in 1969.

Chappaquiddick. The name forever synonymous with the scandal and mysterious events surrounding the tragic drowning of a young woman, as Ted Kennedy drove his car off the infamous bridge in 1969.

Shot
Caller

Shot Caller

Shot Caller follows the harrowing story of businessman Jacob Harlon who is transformed into a hardened, ruthless prison gangster after a minor DUI lands him in jail.

Shot Caller follows the harrowing story of businessman Jacob Harlon who is transformed into a hardened, ruthless prison gangster after a minor DUI lands him in jail.

Lucky

Lucky

Lucky is an old US Navy veteran of rigid habits and attitudes in a small town. When his routine is interrupted by a sudden collapse at home, Lucky finds himself realising that his healthy old age is going to face an inevitable decline.

Lucky is an old US Navy veteran of rigid habits and attitudes in a small town. When his routine is interrupted by a sudden collapse at home, Lucky finds himself realising that his healthy old age is going to face an inevitable decline.

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Shot Caller

Saturday 2 February 8.30pm Channel 039

Shot Caller follows the harrowing story of businessman Jacob Harlon who is transformed into a hardened, ruthless prison gangster after a minor DUI lands him in jail.

The Endless

Friday 1 February 8.30pm Channel 039

This mind-bending thriller follows two brothers who receive a cryptic video message inspiring them to revisit the UFO death cult they escaped a decade earlier.

Dark River

Sunday 3 February 8.30pm Channel 039

Following the death of her father, Alice returns home to Yorkshire for the first time in 15 years to claim the tenancy of the family farm that was promised to her. Once there, she encounters older brother Joe.

The Olive Tree

Monday 4 February 8.30pm Channel 039

Alma is a girl who adores her grandfather, a man who has not spoken for years. He stopped speaking when his beloved 2000 year old olive tree was sold against his will.

Coby

Wednesday 6 February 8.30pm Channel 039

In the village of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, 21 year old Coby leads a normal life, surrounded by his family and partner. In a very intimate way, this documentary tells the story of the journey that led him to live a life according to his true gender identity.

Kobi

Thursday 7 February 8.30pm Channel 039

In a modest workshop in remote Central Otago, Swiss goldsmith Kobi Bosshard, now approaching 80, and regarded as the grandfather of contemporary New Zealand jewellery, continues to produce works characterised by a simplicity and timelessness.

Embers

Friday 8 February 8.30pm Channel 039

In a dystopian future, an unidentified virus has caused a neurological disease of global proportions, decimating the majority of the earth's population.

Before We Vanish

Friday 15 February 8.30pm Channel 039

Three aliens travel to Earth on a reconnaissance mission in preparation for a mass invasion. Having taken possession of human bodies, the visitors rob their hosts of the very essence of their being.

Bill Direen: A Memory Of Others

Thursday 14 February 8.30pm Channel 039

For over 40 years Bill Direen has been recognised as a voice that has encompassed poetry, rock music, theatre and long-form prose. A road movie following his first national tour in more than a decade.

Where There Is Life

Thursday 21 February 8.30pm Channel 039

Where There is Life follows the journey of Margaret Lee, her husband Stephen and their daughter Imogen, after Margaret is diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in late 2010.

Check It

Wednesday 13 February 8.30pm Channel 039

The film explores African-American gay and transgender youths in Washington D.C., who founded their own gang for self-protection called “The Check-It”.

The Freedom To Marry

Wednesday 20 February 8.30pm Channel 039

Over the last four decades, the concept of same-sex couples marrying went from a 'preposterous notion' to national law. “The Freedom to Marry” movement is now known as one of the most successful civil rights campaigns in modern history.

Kiki Love To Love

Monday 11 February 8.30pm Channel 039

In five intertwined mini-romcoms, a scorching summer heatwave intensifies the very particular sexual desires of a collection of Madrid lovers.

The Shepherd

Monday 18 February 8.30pm Channel 039

Anselmo is a shepherd who lives a spartan life on a small farm in rural Spain. When he is approached by a construction company to buy his land, his blatant refusal sends ripples through the community.

Pin Cushion

Sunday 10 February 8.30pm Channel 039

Mother Lyn and daughter Iona (a.k.a. Dafty One and Dafty Two) are excited to be starting a new life in a small Midlands town. Determined to make a success of things after a tricky start at a new school, the gawky Iona becomes ‘besties’ with Keeley, Stacey and Chelsea.

Penance

Sunday 17 February 8.30pm Channel 039

The Easter Rising, 1916. Fiercely committed Father Eoin O’Donnell is convinced that only violence will force Britain out of Ireland. He influences young, impressionable Antaine to fight the cause.

Lucky

Saturday 9 February 8.30pm Channel 039

Lucky is an old US Navy veteran of rigid habits and attitudes in a small town. When his routine is interrupted by a sudden collapse at home, Lucky finds himself realising that his healthy old age is going to face an inevitable decline.

Sweet Virginia

Saturday 16 February 8.30pm Channel 039

A mysterious stranger sends shockwaves through a close-knit community in this edgy slice of raw suspense. In the wake of a triple murder, the residents of a remote Alaskan outpost are pushed to their limits.

The Untamed

Friday 22 February 8.30pm Channel 039

Alejandra is a young mother who works in her in-laws' candy factory, raising her two children with her husband Ángel, in a small city in Mexico. She has an unhappy marriage. Her brother Fabián is a nurse at a local hospital and lover of her husband.

No Ordinary Sheila

Thursday 28 February 8.30pm Channel 039

Hugh Macdonald’s fascinating and inspiring doco of his cousin, writer and illustrator Sheila Natusch, that retraces a long life dedicated to sharing her understanding and love of New Zealand’s nature and history.

Summer 1993

Monday 25 February 8.30pm Channel 039

In Carla Simón's touching autobiographical film, 6 year-old Frida looks on in silence as the last objects from her recently deceased mother's apartment in Barcelona are placed in boxes.

Believer

Wednesday 27 February 8.30pm Channel 039

Imagine Dragons Mormon front man Dan Reynolds, is taking on a new mission to explore how the Church treats its LGBTQ members.

Chappa- quiddick

Saturday 23 February 8.30pm Channel 039

Chappaquiddick. The name forever synonymous with the scandal and mysterious events surrounding the tragic drowning of a young woman, as Ted Kennedy drove his car off the infamous bridge in 1969.

The Bureau

Tuesday 5 February 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.

Tea With The Dames

Sunday 24 February 8.30pm Channel 039

“Ain’t nothing like a Dame”… there couldn’t be a more apt phrase. Dames Joan Plowright, Maggie Smith, Eileen Atkins and Judi Dench. They meet up once a year, every year, for tea, where they laugh, chat and sip champagne. Together, they're 342 years old.

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.

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