New to Rialto Channel in October

A six-part Swedish crime thriller is among the new attractions screening in HD for the first time on Rialto Channel.

Hunters (8.30 Tuesdays from October 22) is set in a small town where the prospect of a new mine leads to conflict between environmentalists and the those who envisage the mine as the way to a new and better future for their problem-ridden town.

When an ex-cop working for the mine company is confronted with murder, he is torn between his sense of justice and his loyalty towards the town and its people.

It was spun off two movies, the first of which, The Hunters, was released in 1996 and became one of Sweden’s biggest box office hits; the sequel, False Trail, came out in 2011.

Also new to Rialto will be the NZ TV premiere of McMafia (8.30 Sundays from October 6), which also can be streamed on Amazon Prime Video.

The Times hailed it as “an ambitious drama, spanning the globe, promising to be complex in its exploration of 21st-century organised crime”.

Rialto’s Crime and Punishment documentary season will include:

  • Gun No. 6: BAFTA TV-winning exploration of how a single handgun ended up in the hands of as many as 11 different gunmen, used in 11 shootings and three murders, in the space of six years. (October 3.)
  • Fyre Fraud: The true-crime story of “The Greatest Party That Never Happened”, bolstered by a cast of victims, whistle-blowers, and insiders going beyond the spectacle to uncover the power of FOMO and an ecosystem of enablers, driven by profit and a lack of accountability in the digital age (October 10.)
  • Slender Man: The Untold Story: How an Internet legend inspired two 12-year-olds to stab their friend 19 times. (October 17.)
  • False Confessions: Defense attorney Jane Fisher-Byrialsen demonstrates the lasting damage caused by false confessions in several of her cases and explores the price society pays as a whole. (October 24.)
  • Cold Case Hammarskjold: Danish provocateur Mads Brügger reopens the 1961 case of UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld, who died in a mysterious plane crash in Northern Rhodesia en route to negotiate a ceasefire during the Congo Crisis. Winner of the Director Award for World Cinema – Documentary at Sundance Film Festival 2019. (October 31.)

Other NZ TV premieres will include the movies Vox Lux (October 5), Transit (October 7), Destroyer (October 12), Lou Andreas-Salome, The Audacity to Be Free (October 14), Collette (October 19), Homesick (October 21), The House That Jack Built (October 28) and Western (October 28).

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