High Life

Saturday 28 March 8.30pm

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Rialto Channel is 100% Kiwi-owned and 100% commercial-free. Watch award-winning independent films, local and international cinema, documentaries and exclusive series.
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Presented by Judy Bailey – Throughout March and April

Rialto Channel are very proud to be presenting 'Reel Women' throughout March and April, focussing on the female actors and filmmakers who shine the spotlight on the talent and importance of the female perspective, to allow and ensure all creative, emotive, inspirational female stories are told. Iconic kiwi television legend Judy Bailey will be presenting this two month event, and NZ actors and filmmakers will be invited to share their stories and opinions on the strength and future of females in the film and television industry.



Thursday 26 March 8.30pm Channel 039

2040 is a hybrid feature documentary that looks to the future, but is vitally important now.

Inventing Tomorrow

Thursday 12 March 8.30pm Channel 039

Their Future. Their World. Passionate teenage innovators from around the globe are creating cutting-edge solutions to confront the world’s environmental threats - found in their own backyards.

The Shadow of Gold

Thursday 19 March 8.30pm Channel 039

The Shadow of Gold takes an unflinching look at how the world’s favourite heavy metal is extracted from the earth.

Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

Thursday 5 March 8.30pm Channel 039

Filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky travel the globe to document the impact humans have had on the planet.

High Life

Saturday 28 March 8.30pm Channel 039

Monte and his baby daughter are the last survivors of a damned and dangerous mission to the outer reaches of the solar system.


Saturday 7 March 8.30pm Channel 039

Set in early 1980 California, this story follows the meteoric rise of the golden boy of the automotive industry, John DeLorean, and his iconic DeLorean Motor Company.


Saturday 21 March 8.30pm Channel 039

Based on the 2012 documentary, Skin is the true story of Bryon Widner who was one of the FBI's most sought after white supremacists.

Sink or Swim

Saturday 14 March 8.30pm Channel 039

A group of 40-something guys, all on the verge of a mid-life crisis, decide to form their local swimming pool's first ever synchronized swim team – for men.

In Your Hands

Monday 30 March 8.30pm Channel 039

An act of revenge takes an unexpected turn in this psychological drama. Anna flees her house on the outskirts of Paris and returns home, careful to tell nobody where she's been or what she's been doing.


Monday 23 March 8.30pm Channel 039

Michèle seems indestructible. Head of a successful video game company, she brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to business.

All That Divides Us

Monday 16 March 8.30pm Channel 039

Bravely managing her late husband’s shipping business, Louise also takes care of her disabled daughter, Julia. Forced to cover up Julia’s accidental murder of her drug-dealing boyfriend, Louise is soon blackmailed by his best friend, Ben, who desperately needs money.


Monday 9 March 8.30pm Channel 039

Hannah is the intimate portrait of a woman's loss of identity as she teeters between denial and reality. Left alone grappling with the consequences of her husband's imprisonment, Hannah begins to unravel.

Things to Come

Monday 2 March 8.30pm Channel 039

What happens when the life you've worked so hard to build falls apart? Nathalie is a philosophy teacher juggling day-to-day demands of career and family, which include frequent visits to her demanding mother.

Cold Call

Sunday 22 March 8.30pm Channel 039

Cold Call is a dark thriller set in Manchester, detailing the story of a single mother, June, after a cold call scam threatens to derail her life.

I Am: Hannah

Sunday 15 March 8.30pm Channel 039

Hannah is a single woman in her thirties who is struggling with the pressure of expectations surrounding her regarding being in a relationship and having children. Starring Gemma Chan.

I Am: Nicola

Sunday 8 March 8.30pm Channel 039

Nicola is a hairdresser who finds herself stuck in a dysfunctional and coercive relationship, dissatisfied with her life and envious of her client’s exciting new experiences.

I Am: Kirsty

Sunday 1 March 8.30pm Channel 039

Kirsty is struggling to keep afloat and protect her two young daughters. Working as a cleaner, she is having difficulties paying off debts and, after a frank conversation with a colleague, she contemplates sex work as a means of earning money.

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