New to Rialto in February


A David Lean retrospective and a documentary about the movie he struggled to make before his death are among the February highlights on Rialto.

The Wednesday night Lean season will open with The Bridge on the River Kwai, continue with Blithe Spirit and Brief Encounter, and conclude with Lawrence of Arabia.

Nostromo: David Lean’s Impossible Dream will open a Thursday night season of Film on Film documentaries.

It focuses on the last few years of the director’s life and his struggles with Nostromo, an adaptation of the adventure novel by Joseph Conrad that he never lived to film.

Film on Film will continue with:

  • Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story: How the movies’ unsung professionals evolved rom the silent age to today.
  • Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street: A retrospective look at A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy’s Revenge and the life of its lead actor, Mark Patton, who shares his story of being a closeted gay man who began to suspect the film had homoerotic subtext. 
  • Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound: An exploration of the history, artistry, and emotional power of cinema sound, as revealed by legendary sound designers and visionary directors.

Rialto’s Sunday night British movies will continue with Bait and the NZ TV premieres of Possum, A Good Woman is Hard to Find and You’re Ugly Too while new to Monday nights will be French comedies Edmond, Family Photo, Roxane and The Trouble With You.

Danish thriller DNA will complete its eight-week run on Tuesday nights, there will be more Australian cinema on Friday nights (Below, Buoyancy, Paper Champions and Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie’s Dead Aunt), and premiering on Saturday nights will be Come to Daddy, Who You Think I Am and True History of the Kelly Gang.

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