This October, Rialto Channel is giving you five excellent reasons to shed a tear in support of International Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
This October, Rialto Channel presents ‘The Breast Cancer Screenings’ for International Breast Cancer Awareness Month supported by the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation. Early research has found tears could be used to detect breast cancer with up to a 90% accuracy rate but, researchers need more tears to further trials. And since there’s nothing quite like an epic film to bring on a good cry, Rialto Channel is helping to raise awareness for these groundbreaking findings with a series of tearjerkers, premiering 8.30pm every Saturday during the month of October. Having experienced firsthand the trials and tribulations from her own battle with breast cancer, Rialto Channel’s very own blogger Helene Ravlich has personally curated these five exceptional, critically-acclaimed, award-winning movies, and will introduce each one before they go to air.
Starring: Ciaran Hinds, Sinead Cusack and Charlotte Rampling
Premiering: Saturday, 1st October, 8.30pm
Grieving after the death of his wife, art historian Max Morden returns to the sleepy seaside resort where he spent summers as a child. Max lodges at a boarding house he once frequented, where frosty proprietor Miss Vavasour, and eccentric resident Blunden, now reside. Before long – and despite protestations from his daughter Clare – Max revisits the ghosts of his past, returning to an idyllic summer in 1955 when, as a child, he encountered the Grace family.
Starring: Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep
Premiering: Saturday, 8th October, 8.30pm
A drama that tracks the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal state. But times were changing…The women were not primarily from the educated classes, they were working women who had seen peaceful protest achieve nothing. Radicalised and turning to violence as the only route to change, they were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality – their jobs, their homes, their children and their lives. Maud was one such foot soldier. Suffragette is primarily her story – her fight for dignity is as gripping and visceral as any thriller, it is also heart-breaking and inspirational.
Starring: Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard
Premiering: Saturday, 15th October, 8.30pm
Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself. And while you think you know the story, Australian Justin Kurzel’s rendition has, according to Eye for Films, “managed it with a bloody and violent epic-scale production that has the feel of a Western mixed, perhaps, with a dash of Game of Thrones (and none the worse for it)“.
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson and Julie Walters
Premiering: Saturday, 22nd October, 8.30pm
Set in 1950’s Brooklyn, New York, Ellis Lacey, a young Irish immigrant arrives full of hope and expectations. But times are tough and jobs are hard to come by. Homesick and lonely, her life soon turns around when she meets a young local boy who adores her. However her happiness is short-lived and she soon has to choose between her new life, her new country and the place and people she left behind.
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara and Sarah Paulson
Premiering: Saturday, 29th October, 8.30pm
Based on the Patricia Highsmith novel, The Price of Salt, and set in 1950’s New York, Carol follows two women from very different backgrounds who find themselves in an unexpected love affair. Carol is in an unhappy marriage, whilst Therese is a young naïve shop assistant. As conventional norms of the time challenge their undeniable attraction, an honest story emerges to reveal the resilience of the heart in the face of change.
To find out how to donate your tears to breast cancer research at Rialto Channel’s unique cinema and research event on 1 November, click here.