VIEW Magazine Issue 18








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Everything Everywhere All At Once; Ambulance; X; Elizabeth; After Yang; The Lost City; The Bad Guys; Happening; Benedetta; Escape From Mogadishu; The Last Bus; Downton Abbey: A New Era, plus more 7 Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore 14 The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS 49 Scandi Film Festival a smörgåsbord of cinema 50 Poppy Day centennary the appeal of Poppy Day WATCHING IN SKY HIGHLIGHTS Rialto Channel, SoHo, Sky Arts, History, BBC Earth, Country TV, Animal Planet, BBC UKTV, Sky Movies Collection, Sky 5 29 Rare Beasts Rialto Channel 30 DMZ SoHo 32 Beyond Belief Documentary Special FREE TO AIR TV 34 Kaira¯kau II NZ series, Ma¯ori Television STREAMING 35 The Cleaning Lady Elizabeth Holmes 36 Hard Cell Catherine Tate WATCHING NOW VIEWPOINT 16 Elizabeth: A Portrait in Parts 70 years our Queen 22 The North Water something in the North water 44 Duncan Garner good talking to 52 Rebecca Wright what are you watching? 54 Directory cinemas nationwide WATCHING SOON

Polar Bear Streaming, Disney+, page 42

Kaira¯kau II Free to Air TV, page 36

Benedetta Cinema, page 11

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore Cinema, page 7

Hillary: Ocean to Sky Streaming, Pulse TV page 41




April is here, and Easter is nigh, and in this month’s VIEW, you will find all the sweetest treats: streaming options, cinema highlights, telly viewing and must-hop-to events. All hail Her Majesty! Our cover this month heralds the arrival to the big-screen of Elizabeth: A Portrait in Parts . This unique documentary is an intimate portrait of the Queen over the seven decades of her reign – read Hélène Ravlich’s feature about the making of this special film on page 16. VIEW chats with Duncan Garner, who’s back on air to get the questions-that-must-be-asked answered, and Rebecca Wright who presents Newshub Live at 8pm on new TV channel eden . There’s also an exclusive look at The North Water , starring Jack O’Connell and Colin Farrell. The acclaimed, brutally dramatic series is coming to Rialto Channel – read more on page 22. GIVEAWAYS















 Downton Abbey: A New Era – read more on page 13

BOOKS TO GIVEAWAY  A Queen For All Seasons by Joanna Lumley  The North Water by Ian McGuire Win one of four copies of each



Editorial & Creative, Danyel Simich VIEW is published each month by View Magazine Limited.

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Downton Abbey: A New Era Cinema, page 13

Julia Free to Air TV, page35

Rebecca Wright People, page 52

The First Lady Streaming, Neon page 36

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AMBULANCE In this breakneck thriller a desperate war veteran is sucked into a bank heist by a charismatic career criminal – his adoptive brother. But when their getaway goes spectacularly wrong, they hijack an ambulance with a badly wounded cop and an EMT onboard. In a continuous high-speed pursuit they must evade a massive police response, keep their hostages alive, and try not to kill each other. Directed by Michael Bay. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jake Gyllenhaal, Eiza González. PREMIERES 7TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE X In 1979, an eclectic group of young filmmakers set out to make a pornographic film in rural Texas. But when their creepy and reclusive elderly hosts catch them in the act, they find themselves in a spot of bother. An unapologetically titillating and subversive full-throttle slasher film, that pays tribute to the 1970s exploitation and horror genres. Who survives? It’s a surprise… Written and directed by Ti West. Mia Goth, Martin Henderson, Jenna Ortega, Kid Cudi, Brittany Snow PREMIERES 7TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENT Cash-strapped Nicolas Cage – playing a fictionalised version of himself – agrees to make a paid appearance at a super-rich, super-fan’s party. Of course things are not what they seem, and the situation takes a wildly dangerous turn... Feature page 14 – PREMIERES 21ST  CLICK TO SEE MORE ELIZABETH A portrait in parts. A nostalgic, uplifting documentary about Queen Elizabeth II – a worldwide icon who is entrenched in our collective consciousness: instantly recognisable, yet elusively and perpetually unknowable. With extraordinary access to rare footage from the Royal Archives, this celebration of her life reveals a unique glimpse of the woman behind the legend. Feature on page 16 – PREMIERES 21ST  CLICK TO SEE MORE

EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE A hectic sci-fi martial-arts action adventure comedy, exploding with ideas, about a harried laundromat owner with too much to do and too little time. While meeting with an IRS agent about her mountains of paperwork and overdue taxes, a strange occurrence suddenly pulls her into an chaotic multiverse adventure involving alternative versions of herself in infinite other realities – in which she is a chef, a movie star, a martial arts expert and more... With the fate of every dimension in her hands, she is forced to confront who she is to herself and to her family. Michelle Yeoh, Jamie Lee Curtis. PREMIERES 14TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE

X Premieres 7th

Everything Everywhere All At Once Premieres 14th

Ambulance Premieres 7th

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent Premieres 21st

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 CLICK TO SEE MORE Professor Albus Dumbledore knows the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald is moving to seize control of the wizarding world. Unable to stop him alone, he entrusts Magizoologist Newt Scamander to lead an intrepid team of wizards, witches – and one brave Muggle – on a dangerous mission, where they encounter old beasts, and new, while clashing with Grindelwald’s growing legion of followers. But with the stakes so high, how long can Dumbledore remain on the side-lines? Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Callum Turner, Jessica Williams, Katherine Waterston, and Mads Mikkelsen. Directed by David Yates, based on a screenplay by J.K. Rowling.

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THE LOST CITY An author has built her career writing about exotic places in her popular romance- adventure novels featuring a handsome cover model who has dedicated his career to embodying the hero character of her stories. While on a promotional tour together, she is kidnapped by an eccentric billionaire who hopes that she can lead him to the ancient lost city’s treasure from her latest story. Wanting to prove that he can be a hero in real life and not just on the cover of her books, the hunky model sets off to rescue her, and they are thrust into an epic jungle adventure, just like something straight out of one of her stories – and the unlikely pair must work together to escape and survive the elements. Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe, Brad Pitt. PREMIERES 14TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE

THE BAD GUYS After a lifetime of legendary heists, notorious criminals Mr. Wolf, Mr. Snake, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Shark and Ms. Tarantula are finally caught. To avoid a prison sentence, the animal outlaws must pull off their most challenging con yet – to become model citizens. Under the tutelage of their mentor, Professor Marmalade, the dodgy gang must learn how to be good guys... or at least look like “good guys.” Animated film featuring the voices of Awkwafina, Sam Rockwell, Craig

Robinson, Anthony Ramos, Marc Maron. PREMIERES 14TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE RABBIT ACADEMY

Max has reached his goal: He is the first city rabbit ever to be selected for the Easter rabbits’ master class. But the unthinkable has happened, and Easter is under threat after the magical “golden egg” turns black. Max’ only chance to save Easter lies in teaming up with a young fox-boy Ferdinand... But can a rabbit really trust a fox? Animated family film. PREMIERES 7TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE PINOCCHIO: A TRUE STORY Young Pinocchio wants to see the world. Accompanied by the horse Tibalt he runs away from his genius creator, Jepetto, and joins a traveling circus. Russian animated adaptation of the classic fairy tale. COMING SOON  CLICK TO SEE MORE

The Lost City Premieres 14th

Rabbit Academy Premieres 7th

Pinocchio: A True Story Coming soon

After Yang Premieres 28th

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In a future where robots – techno sapiens – function as live-in friends/mentors/babysitters/ siblings, a young girl’s beloved machine-companion, Yang, suddenly becomes unresponsive. Her father, searching for a way to repair it, must access its internal drive – which includes snippets of memory that robots can choose to record a few seconds at a time. These ‘memories’ unfold as montages, and the impact of these sequences is profound: imagine being able to look through the eyes and memories of someone you’ve lost. What did they consider important enough to record? What mattered to them? How did they see you and themselves? A powerful, moving drama about what it means to be alive. Colin Farrell, Jodie Turner-Smith.

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HAPPENING A bright university student with a promising future falls pregnant, and sees the opportunity to finish her studies – and escape the constraints of her working- class background – disappearing. With her final exams fast approaching, and facing the mounting horror of time passing, she resolves to act, even if she has to confront shame and pain – and even if she must risk prison to do so. Adaptation of Annie Ernaux’s novel which looks back her own experience with an unwanted pregnancy in the 1960s when abortion was still

BENEDETTA In plague ravaged 17th-century Italy, a young nun, already famous for performing miracles, falls in love with a female companion from whom she receives assistance for her persistent, disturbing, erotic and religious visions. Questions of faith and blasphemy are raised, as religion and politics intersect with hypocrisy and corruption. Based on a true story. Directed by Paul Verhoeven. Virginie Efira, Charlotte Rampling. PREMIERES 7TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE ESCAPE FROM MOGADISHU In 1991 when Somalia’s capital Mogadishu is engulfed in civil war, rival diplomats from both the North and South Korean embassies become trapped. In the chaos that ensues they all become targets of both the Somali government forces and the rebels, and the sworn enemies must work together, risking

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their lives to embark on a joint escape. PREMIERES 28TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE

Happening Premieres 14th

Benedetta Premieres 7th

Escape from Mogadishu Premieres 28th

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DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA The Crawley family’s story isn’t finished just yet, with the household embarking on a grand journey to the South of France to uncover the mystery of the Dowager Countess’ newly inherited villa. The original TV show’s key cast returns – and new blood is added to the mix. Hugh Bonneville, Dame Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter, Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye, Dominic West. PREMIERES 28TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE FOR FILMS SHOWING NEAR YOU SEE OUR NATIONWIDE CINEMA DIRECTORY PAGE 54



THE LAST BUS Battling against time, a 90-year-old widower, desperate to keep a promise to his beloved wife, uses his free bus pass to travel the length of Britain – from a remote village near the most northerly point of Scotland, to Land’s End in Cornwall, their shared birthplace. Using only local buses, his nostalgic, incident-fuelled odyssey, and his encounters with local people – in a modern world and a diverse, multi-cultural Britain he has never experienced – make him a media phenomenon. Totally unaware of his growing celebrity, he is amazed at the greeting that awaits him on arrival at Land’s End. A road-trip movie about love, loss and the human spirit – a reminder that we’re all on this ride together. Timothy Spall, Phyllis Logan. PREMIERES 14TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE

Downton Abbey: A New Era Premieres 28th

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THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENT DIRECTED BY TOM GORMICAN Starring Nicolas Cage as... Nick Cage. Facing financial ruin, cash-strapped and creatively unfulfilled Cage, playing a fictionalised version of himself, agrees to accept a one million dollar offer to make an appearance at a Mexican billionaire super-fan’s birthday party. During the surreal event he is obliged to be himself – and to re-create his most famous characters and iconic movie scenes. Of course, as it turns out, the billionaire fan is in fact a very dangerous Mexican cartel boss... Things take an even more wildly unexpected turn when Cage is recruited by a CIA operative and forced to live up to his own legend in order to save himself and his loved ones. With a career built for this very moment, the seminal award- winning actor must dig into every corner of his filmography to produce the performance of his life: as Nick Cage, real-life hero. Action-packed meta-comedy. Pedro Pascal, Tiffany Haddish, Sharon Horgan, Neil Patrick Harris. PREMIERES 21ST  CLICK TO SEE MORE



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With 2022 marking her Platinum Jubilee , it’s safe to say that it is a big year for England’s much-loved Queen Elizabeth II (pesky family issues notwithstanding). To celebrate the occasion, Notting Hill director Roger Michell created Elizabeth: A Portrait in Parts , a touching documentary to highlight the monarch’s life and achievements over her incredible 70-year reign. The 65-year-old director – who sadly died unexpectedly in his sleep last year – was incredibly proud of what he and his talented team created, and candid about his admiration for the much-loved monarch. In his director’s statement, Michell wrote: “She is the longest-lived and longest-reigning British monarch. Ever. She is the longest-serving female head of state in the history of the world, the world’s oldest living monarch, the longest-reigning current monarch, and the oldest and longest-serving current head of state. More people dream about the Queen than any other living person.” The director was definitely speaking the truth when he said that there’s hardly anyone on the planet who hasn’t grown up with her face, her presence, her image constantly around them, “on coins and stamps and banknotes and on tea-towels and mugs and Sex Pistol record sleeves and carrier bags... images en- countered, consciously or unconsciously; many, many times a day, every day, every year, decade upon decade”. He also likened Queen Elizabeth to the iconic and mysterious Mona Lisa, “instantly recognisable, and yet elusively and per- petually unknowable. She’s more famous than The Beatles.

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She’s a Queen in a castle in a fairy story. Or the Queen in a hard-hat opening a recycling factory”. Michell added: “and you don’t have to be a monarchist to have the Queen in your head. All around her, time and the world swirls like a tropical typhoon: everything in the can- vas changes, absolutely everything... Except her. Elizabeth.” Although Michell dabbled in documentaries over the years (he directed Nothing Like a Dame , which featured Dames Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins, Joan Plowright and Maggie Smith discussing their careers), he was best known for his scripted features such as the aforemen- tioned blockbuster starring Julia Robert and Hugh Grant. However, his Elizabeth: A Portrait in Parts producer Kevin Loader laments the fact that his peer and friend was not as cele- brated as some in his field, even though his overall body of work was impressive. “It may be that the eclecticism of his work meant that he was often not seen as auteur,” says Loader, “but as his producer for over 30 years, and on many of his films, I can vouch for the fact that he was as detailed and creative an author as any other director I know”. Left: the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth II, with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, June 2nd 1953. Above: The Queen, Prince Philip, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Charles, Balmoral, 1960. Right: July 10th 2012. Opening page: Queen Elizabeth II leaves Westminster Abey after her coronation, June 2nd 1953.

Loader says that the decision to make the director’s final work was in part driven by the global pandemic, explaining that when Covid-19 rendered the pair’s chance of shoot- ing their next drama more than slightly prob- lematic, Michell rang him and said: “let’s make an archive documentary – we can do that during these months when other things look impossible.” They agreed to send “some possible subjects back and forward, which ranged widely from sport (cricketer Basil D’O- liviera?) to music (late singer-songwriter Nick Drake?) to huge historical figures. “But top of Roger’s list was always our Queen”. Loader admits he was initially sceptical: How to find an approach that was nothing like the plethora of royal documentaries we’ve all seen before, ones that turn up regularly on television, even more so as the Platinum Jubilee looms into focus? “But Roger had done a lot of thinking – and with his customary, passionate twinkle, he told me what he had in mind. He sent me his director’s statement, and that is what we used to convince everyone else that this was a film we needed to make.” That statement included the following, which

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sums up Michell’s passion for Elizabeth as a person and as a phenomenon: “She’s a cult: like Mao, like Stalin, like Marilyn Monroe... She’s a fiction... a function of our imagination... and yet she lives. And it’s her apparent ordinariness and humility and her refusal to move with the times in her dress or her routine that makes her all the more a fixed point in a chaotic firmament. We all carry around secret versions of her in our heads. And like it or not the ‘Herness’ of her is so important. She’s our collective Mother. Everyone’s Mother looks like the Queen. She’s that special place where we can project our secret beliefs: the perfect void where anything is possible.” Loader says Michell’s second call was to top editor Joanna Crickmay, who the director trusted deeply after they worked together on There’s Nothing Like a Dame . They all agreed that what was needed next was a team of top-notch archive re- searchers/producers, preferably seasoned professionals with experience of trawling the hundreds and hundreds of hours of footage of the British royal family. They found these in the bril- liant duo of Emily Thomas and Rebecca O’Connor Thompson, researchers and archivists. Both had dealt with the key film libraries before, and also had extensive experience of the diplomatic business of obtaining re-use approvals from the BBC and the Queen’s Communications team. Crickmay and Michell started by ordering in previous docu- mentaries about the Queen, particularly those that had ob- tained intimate, behind-the-scenes access. It was through watching those that they then contacted veteran film-makers Edward Mirzoeff and John Bridcut, both of whom were gener- ous with their time and insight and officially joined the team as highly valuable consultants. “Roger’s idea was always to organise the film in chapters or parts,” explains Loader, “and slowly the archive, like a chaotic cooling universe, began to be attracted to its rightful place in the film. In the end we had more chapters than space, and we played around with the order for a while, but what we have now is what Roger and we agreed was the best journey through the incredible life and times of Elizabeth.” The director finished the final day of the final sound mix of the film on the day he died, so his team of artists and experts can with confidence say that the end result is the film as finished by him. “And we’re all proud to have been part of it,” says Loader. “Roger literally finished this last film the day before he left us. His film contains all his trademark emotion and playfulness, combined with a proper search for truthful insight into the woman who was Queen when most of us were born, and still is.” A celebration, but without judgement or voice-over or debate or talking heads or commentary, Michell wanted his film to be a “truly cinematic mystery-tour up and down the decades: poetic, funny, disobedient, ungovernable, affectionate, inappropriate, mischievous, in awe. The Queen as never before.” And indeed it is.


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The Queen at the State opening of Parliament, London, 2015.




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Colin Farrell as harpooner Henry Drax.

The North Water stars Jack O’Connell and Colin Farrell in two of their most challenging roles yet. Written & directed by acclaimed filmmaker Andrew Haigh, based on IanMcGuire’s book of the same name, the five-part series is signifi- cantly more physical than most BBC period dramas. The unremitting demands of the pro- duction pushed its A-list cast to cold, physical extremes as it follows the ill-starred voyage of the whaling ship, Volunteer , in 1859. Stephen Graham’s pragmatic Captain Brownlee and crew – Farrell’s monstrous harpooner Henry Drax and Jack O’Connell’s laudanum-addicted surgeon Patrick Sumner among them – are sent into Arctic waters by a whaling magnate scheming to escape a dying industry. They know their mission will be dirty, bloody and poorly paid, and as the drama rolls out the sense of desperation is palpable in almost every scene. Much of the shoot took place north of Sval- bard – a Norwegian archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole, and one of the world’s northernmost inhabited areas – with the cast and crew working en- tirely offshore in the Arctic Ocean. Director Andrew Haigh says, “McGuire’s novel vividly

evokes the brutal beauty of the Arctic envi- ronment and I knew I had to try and bring a similar realism to the show. Despite the obvi- ous challenges, shooting in the Arctic seemed the very best option. I wanted us to feel the biting wind, the bitter cold. I wanted to cap- ture that fear that comes from being so far from civilisation.” Jack O’Connell’s Patrick Sumner impulsively takes the job aboard the ship with little knowl- edge of the true nature of the expedition, his addiction and personal challenges exacer- bating his despair as the journey rolls on. The actor himself was well aware of the potential risks of the shoot however, saying “we knew that it was going to be dangerous. There’s no way of completely eradicating danger. We had no signal, no internet. Everyone subscribed to it because of the personal challenges”. The cast were aboard an old-school sailing ship, the Activ , which they renamed the Volunteer . “It was a tight space so any negativity would have been potentially more contagious,” says O’Connell, adding to the sense of unpre- dictability that surrounded the shoot. The brutal location also proved to be a bonus for O’Connell and the crew however, “the

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The motley crew of whaling ship Volunteer. Below Stephen Graham plays the pragmatic Captain Brownlee

highlight was when we encountered wildlife in its natural form. Seeing polar bears cutting about”. One night a polar bear came right up to the ship, “when it was like three in the morn- ing and we all had to be up at seven. I’ll quote Colin. He was up watching this bear and a couple of us were on the stern, and he said: ‘Look man, you can’t go to bed while this is happening.’ The chances are that we’ll never experience that again”. Farrell’s character of Drax is a harpooner who can kill a whale with machine-like efficiency and balletic grace. Hardheaded, physically imposing and devoid of empathy, Drax is a man who exists to sate the urges he feels, and Farrell’s physical transformation into a hulking brute of a man is nothing short of extraordi- nary. Like O’Connell, he was well aware of the perilous nature of their time shooting in the Artic, saying “I did feel that death was just around the corner at any given time, that we were just one mistake away from someone falling into the Arctic sea and either very quickly getting hypothermia or sinking under the weight of the waterlogged cos- tume. It was a very profound experience for us all to share”.



None of the cast or crew had been up to that part of the world before, with the actor adding “we were all seeing it with child’s eyes. We all went through whatever we went through individ- ually, missing our children, our lovers, our wives or husbands, because we had no communication, no email... it’s only three or four weeks but three or four weeks in a world in which we’re so used to having such accessibility at our fingertips.” The Irish actor leaned into the challenging environment, saying that it “did so much, it instantly created a sense of tension and pressure. Your body, physiologically, is responding in a way and with an aggression that my body has never responded to the environment with before, because it’s never been in an envi- ronment like that. Even that, instantly, whether you like it or not, removes you from what is familiar in your reality”. Writer and director Haigh says that engaging with the brutality of the environment was a non-negotiable after reading the book. “Most people do not shoot these kinds of things in the real environment, but for me it was fundamentally important,” says Haigh. “I didn’t really want to do it if I couldn’t do that. I wanted it to feel authentic and real, and to do that, I needed to shoot in the Arctic.” Twenty-four hours away from land at some points, and locked in the sea ice, was “sometimes terrifying” says the director. “Luckily, we had a bunch of crew and actors who also thought this was exciting, so we could all do it together. I was terrified. I think we all were. None of us really knew what to expect.”

Jack O’Connell as ship’s surgeon Patrick Sumner


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RIALTO CHANNEL – PREMIERES 8:30, SATURDAY 9TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE A unique, unhinged, anti-romantic comedy about a woman discovering herself and trying to find love, while attempting to live her life the way she wants. She is something of a nihilist – a writer writing about a love that no longer exists whilst navigating single motherhood, her dysfunctional family and a misogynistic workplace. Enter a charming, traditionalist, albeit troubled man, who himself is searching for a sense of worth and belonging. Dark, spirited and funny, this is a fascinatingly personal comment on the price of modern feminism. Written & directed by, and starring, Billie Piper. David Thewlis, Lily James and NZ’s Kerry Fox.

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In a near-future America, fractured by a bitter Second Civil War, Manhattan Island is largely destroyed, and isolated from the rest of the world. It is now the DMZ (Demilitarized zone) – a place where no one goes in, and no one comes out. The story follows the harrowing journey of a medic, on a desperate mission to get back into the DMZ, to find the son she lost in the great evacuation of New York City. She must face gangs, militias, demagogues and warlords – and along the way she becomes a symbol of hope for other occupants trapped inside. Based on the Vertigo comic book series written by Brian Wood. Rosario Dawson, Hoon Lee, Freddy Miyares, Jordan Preston Carter, Benjamin Bratt. Four-part limited series. Also available on Neon from 6th.

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SKY CHANNELS PREMIERES SKY ARTS  CLICK TO SEE MORE Classic Literature & Cinema exploring how some of the greatest works of literature were adapted for the big screen, from Greek Classics to Shakespeare, Tolstoy to modern chick-lit. Three-part series based around themes of Love & Romance, Adventures of a Lifetime, and Crime & Punishment. 7:45, Fridays from 29th HISTORY  CLICK TO SEE MORE 1000 years of History a special four-part documentary series that examines one thousand years of history across four continents: Australia, China, America and Ireland. 8:30, Thursdays from 7th BBC EARTH  CLICK TO SEE MORE Earth Week special event Weeknights 7:35, from Monday 25th Reef Rescue follows an international team of scientists who are “assisting evolution” to develop corals that can survive in the oceans of our future. 8:30, Friday 22nd ANIMAL PLANET  CLICK TO SEE MORE Earth Month special event A month dedicated to the exploration of the Earth, climate change, sustainability, and the future. Monday 4th – Friday 29th Action Planet: Meeting the Climate Challenge confronting our planet’s rapidly changing climate. Featuring celebrity change-makers who are stepping up: Matt Damon, Jane Fonda, Greta Thunberg, Adrian Grenier, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Robert Downey Jr., Common. 9:30, Monday 11th COUNTRY TV  CLICK TO SEE MORE Global Champions Tour 2022 equestrian world elites, 8:30, Tuesdays from 5th

BBC UKTV  CLICK TO SEE MORE SISTER BONIFACE MYSTERIES The investigations of a Vespa-riding, wine-making, crime-solving, part-time forensic scientist nun. 12-part series set in the1960s when police forensics were more rudimentary. 8:30, Tuesdays from 26th SOHO  CLICK TO SEE MORE Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? a vicar’s son and his socialite friend come across a dying man, and hear his cryptic last words: ‘Why didn’t they ask Evans?’. A photograph of a beautiful woman in the dead man’s pocket is their only clue as they set about solving the mystery behind his death. Will Poulter, Lucy Boynton, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Laurie. Three-part British drama adapted from Agatha Chrisitie’s novel. 8:30, Tuesdays from19th SKY MOVIES COLLECTION  CLICK TO SEE MORE Page to Screen Collection a marathon of favourite novels brought to life on film. All week from 1pm, Mon 11th SKY 5  CLICK TO SEE MORE Treadstone action-packed thriller series from the world of Jason Bourne, based around the infamous CIA black ops programme Operation Treadstone , using behavior modification protocol to transform recruits into sleeper- agent super-assassins. 8:30, Thursdays from 21st

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Action Planet: Meeting the Climate Challenge Animal Planet

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THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF A young Czech artist has her two most valuable, large- format paintings stolen in broad daylight from an art gallery in Oslo. Desperate for answers, she is presented with an unusual opportunity to reach out to one of the men involved in the heist – a Norwegian career criminal. The artist invites the thief to sit for a portrait, and the story is documented by filmmaker Benjamin Ree, who captures the unlikely relationship that grows between them as the equally damaged duo find common ground and form an inseparable bond through their mutual affinity for art. 21st NEW ZEALAND TELEVISION PREMIERES, 8:30PM, THURSDAYS IN APRIL  CLICK TO SEE MORE

ASSASSINS The audacious murder of the brother of North Korea’s Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-un, in a crowded Malaysian airport sparked a worldwide media frenzy. At the centre of the investigation are two young women who are either cold-blooded killers or unwitting pawns in a political assassination. This documentary goes beyond the headlines to question every angle of this case, from human trafficking to geo-political espionage to the secretive dynamics of the North Korean dynasty. 28th SPACESHIP EARTH The true, stranger-than-fiction, adventure of eight visionaries who in 1991 spent two years quarantined inside of a self- engineered replica of Earth's ecosystem called Biosphere 2. The experiment was a worldwide phenomenon, chronicling daily existence in the face of life threatening ecological disaster, amongst growing criticism that it was nothing more than a cult. The bizarre story is both a cautionary tale and a hopeful lesson of how a group of dreamers could potentially create a new world. 14th

The Painter and the Thief


Spaceship Earth

Well Groomed

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RIALTO CHANNEL – PREMIERES 8:30, THURSDAY 7TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE This look at competitive ‘Creative’ dog-grooming is sweet, unchallenging – and visually stunning. At the world’s biggest dog-grooming competition, entrants build corny little skits around their dog presentations, unselfconsciously baring themselves to ridicule. It seems a bit silly, but as with so many microcultures, has its own accepted ways of doing things, and everybody seems to be fully on board, the dogs included. There is a segment in which a series of people decry ‘Creative’ dog-grooming as humiliating and unnatural for dogs, and there certainly are questions about the hobby, however the film focuses on the craft itself, with plenty of warm- fuzzy closeups of poodles being brushed, trimmed, hairsprayed, airbrushed, and bedazzled. WELL GROOMED

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KAIRA¯ KAU II MA¯ORI TELEVISION – PREMIERES 9:35PM, THURSDAY 7TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE There will be blood. Insults. Curses. Retribution. Revenge. Lives will be lost. Some will be mourned, while other lives will become songs sung and never forgotten. Set in pre-colonial Aotearoa, and inspired by true events, Kaira¯kau II tells the stories of four Bay of Plenty iwi during the historic Battle of Pukekaika¯hu, following the lives of three prominent chiefs – all from neighbouring tribes, and all doing whatever it takes to keep their people safe and maintain their chiefly honour. At its core the six-part series is about mana – and how sometimes the pursuit of Mana can blind people to the truth: that mana cannot be taken, it must be given. Pictured: Tionga played by Tomika Whiu.

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HIGHLIGHTS MA¯ ORI TELEVISION  CLICK TO SEE MORE ANZAC Day service broadcast live from Te Papaiouru Marae at Ohinemutu in Rotorua. – the marae of the last surviving member of the Ma¯ori Bacalion, Sir Robert Gillies. Hosted by Peata Melbourne and Julian Wilcox. 5.45–9.00am, Monday 25th – Also on demand and on the MA¯ ORI+ app. TVNZ 2  CLICK TO SEE MORE Snack Masters NZ top chefs battle it out in a quest to recreate some of NZ’s most iconic snacks, with only their taste buds to guide them. Hosted by Kim Crossman and Tom Sainsbury. 7:30, Wednesdays from 20th Fantastic Beasts: A Natural History Stephen Fry explores the inspirations behind Harry Potter ’s magical creatures, discovering parallels with our own Muggle animal kingdom. 6:30, Sunday 17th + Followed by Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald at 7:30, 17th BRAVO  CLICK TO SEE MORE Reported Missing S3 – every year in Britain 180,000 people are reportedmissing. This series follows cases and police operations, minute by minute, from the moment an emergency call comes in. 8:30, Tuesdays, from 5th EDEN  CLICK TO SEE MORE The Newsreader ambition in the cutthroat world of a 1986 newsroom. 8:30, Thursdays RUSH  CLICK TO SEE MORE Iron Resurrection a gang of vehicle lovers give rusted and damaged classic vehicles a second chance at life. 8:20, Sundays

PRIME  CLICK TO SEE MORE JULIA Inspired by famous chef and author, Julia Child, following her extraordinary life and long- running U.S. TV show, The French Chef , which invented the cooking and food show genre. At its heart, it is also a portrait of a loving marriage with a unusual power dynamic. Sarah Lancashire. Series 8:40, Thursdays from 7th THREE  CLICK TO SEE MORE Dancing with the Stars hosted by Sharyn Casey and Clint Randell... New season waltzing back to the screen very soon! TVNZ 1  CLICK TO SEE MORE Fair Go 45th anniversary of the show most Kiwi’s don’t want to feature on – corporates and scumbags try to run, but they can’t hide... Pippa Wetzell, Hadyn Jones. 7:30, Monday 4th The Casketeers S5 – Francis and Kaiora Tipene take us behind the scenes into the fascinating and often funny world of their Auckland and Porirua funeral homes. 7:30, Tuesdays from 19th Attitude amazing stories of people who live with a disability – ordinary people living extraordinary lives. New series 12pm, Sundays. – Also available on TVNZ OnDemand. TVNZ DUKE  CLICK TO SEE MORE

Kaira¯kau II Ma¯ori Television

Attitude TVNZ 1

Fantastic Beasts: A Natural History TVNZ 2

Snack Masters NZ TVNZ 2

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APPLE TV +  CLICK TO SEE MORE Roar genre-bending anthology series weaves together eight darkly comedic feminist fables. Using a unique blend of magical realism, familiar domestic and professional scenarios, and futuristic worlds, these stories take unexpected approaches to subjects like gender roles, identity and autonomy. Based on Cecelia Ahern’s book of short stories. Nicole Kidman. Releasing 15th Slow Horses a dysfunctional team of British MI5 agents, and their obnoxious boss, serve in a dumping-ground department for ‘failed’ spies known un-affectionately as Slough House. There they frequently find themselves blundering around the smoke and mirrors of the espionage world to defend England from sinister forces. Darkly comic spy saga based on the first book of Mick Herron’s series. Gary Oldman, Kristen Scott Thomas. 6 Eps, weekly on Fridays from 1st. Shining Girls a metaphysical thriller series following a Chicago newspaper archivist whose dreams of becoming a journalist were put on hold after a brutal attack left her in a constantly shifting reality. When she learns that a recent murder is linked to her assault, she teams up with a veteran reporter to understand her ever-changing present and confront her past. Elisabeth Moss, Jamie Bell. Eight episodes, from Friday 29th They Call Me Magic four-part documentary about the life of the extraordinary, two-time NBA Hall of Famer and cultural icon, Earvin “Magic” Johnson – both on and off the court. Featuring intimate interviews with Magic, his family and an all-star lineup. Series releases 22nd SKY GO  CLICK TO SEE MORE Sky TV customers can watch live sports, news, box sets, and catch up on movies, shows, and entertainment, online, anywhere in NZ. DISTRICT  CLICK TO SEE MORE An otherworldly destination for fans of the supernatural, superheroes, sci-fi and fantasy.



NEON  CLICK TO SEE MORE The Way Down: God, greed and the cult of Gwen Shamblin This documentary series explores Gwen ShamblinbLara’s fame and power – first as the “Way Down Workshop” diet guru, then as Remnant Fellowship Church leader – and uncovers the truth behind her carefullycurated image, and the controversial practices of the church. Available Friday 29th The First Lady the U.S. presidency and leadership seen through the lens of three FLOTUS’: Michelle Obama, Betty Ford and Eleanor Roosevelt. The anthology drama series delves into their political and private lives – from their journeys to the White House, family life, and world-changing political contributions. Available from 18th Better Call Saul Season 6. Years before the events in Breaking Bad , ex-con artist Jimmy McGill becomes a small-time attorney and goes through a series of trials and tribulations, as he transforms into his alter ego Saul Goodman, a ‘morally challenged’ criminal lawyer. Bob Odenkirk. Tuesdays from 19th

Slow Horses Apple TV +

Roar Apple TV +

The First Lady Neon

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When a whip-smart Cambodian doctor is forced to stay in the United States on an expired visa, seeking life-saving medical treatment for her ailing son, she soon discovers her path won’t be as straightforward as she had hoped. As the system quickly fails her, pushing her into hiding, she resolves not to allow herself to be beaten down and marginalised. Instead she becomes a ‘cleaning lady’ for organised crime in Las Vegas, and using her cunning and intelligence, starts playing the game by her own rules – forging her own path in the criminal underworld, doing whatever she has to to survive. Ten episode thriller drama series. Elodie Yung, Adan Canto.

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HARD CELL – NETFLIX  CLICK TO SEE MORE A documentary-style comedy following the inmates and staff of fictional female prison, HMP Woldsley. Writer and creator Catherine Tate plays multiple characters – from Laura Willis, events planner-turned-prison Governor, who believes creativity leads to rehabilitation, to Big Viv, the terrifying psychopath lifer and devotd fan of the Kardashians. Set over a six week period during rehersals for a musical, which draws together the oddball collection of women as they find their voices, grow in confidence and find friendships. Funny yet surprisingly moving: capturing the penal system at its brutal, humorous best. Six episode season releasing 12th

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NETFLIX  CLICK TO SEE MORE Russian Doll S2 – time-warping comedy drama continues to explore existential themes through an often humorous lens. Set four years after season 1, after they escaped mortality’s time loop, Nadia and Alan discover a fate even worse than endless death, as they delve deeper into their pasts through an unexpected time portal located in one of Manhattan’s most notorious locations. At first they experience this as an ever-expanding, era-spanning, intergenerational adventure but they soon discover this extraordinary event might be more than they bargained for and, together, must search for a way out. Natasha Lyonne, Charlie Barnett. Eight episode series, releasing 20th Senzo: Murder of a Soccer Star thrilling true crime documentary series examines the murder of the beloved South African football star, Senzo Meyiwa. He was gunned down in 2014 at his girlfriend’s mother’s house, in what was alleged to be a botched robbery. This investigation uncovers new insights into what transpired that fateful night and raises questions of a cover-up. Five-part season releasing 7th Return to Space the Oscar-winning directors of Free Solo and The Rescue chart the rise of SpaceX, as well as Elon Musk’s two-decade effort to resurrect America’s space travel ambitions. Film releases 7th White Hot: The Rise & Fall of Abercrombie & Fitch documentary film about the demise of the “all-American” super-brand in the early 2000s. Releases 19th Dancing on Glass a Spanish ballet company repleat with jealousy, cruelty, obsession, death – and possibly love. Film releasing 8th

ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL A gripping courtroom thriller all about sex, power, and privilege, which develops into a complex and nuanced look at public scandal, the #MeToo movement, and the machinations of the justice system. The story follows a woman living a blissfully rarified life as the wife of a high-ranking politician in the British Parliament – and how it all dramatically unravels when scandalous secrets are exposed, and her husband stands accused of a shocking crime. She remains adamant that he is innocent, while the Barrister prosecuting his case believes he is 100% guilty, and both women are determined to uncover the truth. Sienna Miller, Michelle Dockery, Rupert Friend, Naomi Scott. Six-part limited series, releasing 15th

Russian Doll Netflix

Hard Cell Netflix

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PULSE TV  CLICK TO SEE MORE INCREDIBLE TRUE STORIES & DOCUMENTARIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD. The Walrus and the Whistleblower a former animal trainer is sued for $1.5 million for plotting to steal a walrus after he champions a law to ban the captivity of whales and dolphins, accusing the Canadian theme park MarineLand of animal abuse. Crash and Burn the story of Irishman Tommy Byrne, the greatest racing driver you never saw. For a fleeting moment in the early 80s, he was the world’s greatest driver, the motor racing equivalent of George Best and Muhammad Ali all rolled into one. Hillary: Ocean to Sky Michael Dillon revisits his award-winning film From the Ocean to the Sky , about Edmund Hillary’s 1977 jet boat expedition from the mouth of the Ganges to the base of the Himalayas. Dillon has remastered the existing film, and included unseen footage and interviews with crew members about Hillary’s last big expedition. Dina she has overcame tragedy, found the man she wants and, at age 48, is bent on building the life that she believes she deserves. Dina is the star of her own life story in this charming, quirky and unconventional love-story between two eccentric souls. WATERBEAR  CLICK TO SEE MORE The West is Burning examines why there are catastrophic fires nearly year-round in the U.S. After The Fire the worst fires in U.S. history engulfed Sonoma Valley CA, in 2017. This short film focuses on the aftermath of the disaster and its impact on the community. Inside the Fire Storm the speed, the ferocity, the scale, the terror, the total desolation... commemorating the 2009 mega-fire that became Australia’s worst peacetime disaster.

TVNZ ONDEMAND  CLICK TO SEE MORE O’TOWN DREAMING This new NZ series steps inside the real O¯ tara as local musicians share their journeys from the inside-out. Celebrating a culture of music and big dreams, it follows a group of young musicians, and their mentors, navigating life and ambition – culminating in a nerve-tingling, packed-to-the-rafters, community concert. Full season from Thursday 14th Secrets of Playboy documentary re-examining the life of Hugh Hefner and the culture he created as the founder of Playboy . The series unravels the glamorous mythology that surrounded the brand, diving into a complex world of power and sexuality, and looking at the far-reaching societal consequences it created. Featuring interviews with Playboy insiders and associates, intertwined with archival footage, photos, and reconstructions. Available Tuesday 5th Star Trek: Discovery S4 – the crew of the USS Discovery returns to continue their journey and encounters with new worlds and lifeforms. This fresh take on the classic franchise, offers a deeper and darker glimpse into Star Trek lore. New series streaming from Friday 1st, plus S1–3 WALTER PRESENTS  CLICK TO SEE MORE TV EXPERT WALTER IUZZOLINO HANDPICKS COMPELLING SERIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD THREE NOW  CLICK TO SEE MORE

Crash and Burn Pulse TV

Hillary: Ocean to Sky Pulse TV

Secrets of Playboy TVNZ OnDemand

Star Trek: Discovery TVNZ OnDemand

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