27 February 2014


march 2014 film round up

Story by Francesca Rudkin

Cinema buff and industry insider Francesca Rudkin knows what should be on your watch list this March.

This March, Rialto Channel highlights include extreme sport documentaries, Oscar nominated dramas, and some of the best television crime dramas of the year, including the original Swedish series Wallander, adapted from Henning Mankell’s best selling novels, and the gritty French series Braquo, which will have a special appeal to fans of The Wire.

Be sure to schedule in some viewing time to see my three favourite picks for March on Rialto Channel:

Starring: Jean-Hugues Anglade, Karole Rocher & Nicolas Duvauchelle
Created by: Olivier Marchal
Premiering: Fridays at 8.30pm

Like The Wire, Braquo was created and written by an ex-cop, and the result is a brutal, violent, intense and hugely compelling drama. The series centres on a rogue squad of disillusioned cops who have their own, often illegal, methods of ensuring justice is delivered. Kidnapping, intimidation and theft are part of their repertoire, and when one of the team is arrested by internal affairs they must battle loan sharks, drug lords, gangs and their own squad. This is a side of Paris you probably didn’t see on your last trip to the City of Light, but this stripped back, fast paced drama is highly addictive.

Storm Surfers
Starring: Tom Carroll & Ross Clark-Jones and narrated by Toni Collette
Directed by: Justin McMillan & Chris Nelius
Premiering: Thursday 13th March, 8.30pm

You don’t have to be a surfer to appreciate this documentary following Aussie tow-surfing legend Ross Clarke-Jones and two-time World Champion Tom Carroll as they surf the biggest waves in the world. In previous films they’ve surfed New Zealand, Japan and South Africa, and this time they catch ocean breaks around Australia. The opening sequence is breathtaking as we watch the 49-year-old Tom Carroll disappear under a gigantic wave, and it never lets up from there. The scenery and footage is stunning, the surfing incredible and the waves – enormous and terrifying.

Starring: Christopher Walken, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Catherine Keener
Directed by: Yaron Zilberman
Premiering: Saturday 29th March, 8.30pm

Philip Seymour Hoffman is no longer with us, but his life and Oscar winning career live on in his many wonderful performances. Performance is a measured and medium paced drama about a world-renowned New York based string quartet that are suddenly forced to meditate on the sacrifices the quartet members have made for the greater good of the group and their music. This is documentary maker Zilberman’s debut drama feature, and he’s picked his cast well; they’re all deliver classy performances and are convincing as musicians, especially the understated, and always intense Philip Seymour Hoffman.

For more information on all the films screening on Rialto Channel 39, The Storyteller, keep an eye on my blog at www.rialtochannel.co.nz.

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