Rialto Entertainment has acquired Australian and NewZealand rights to The Machinist, Mean Creek, The Queen Of Sheba's Pearlsand Last Days.

Chief executive Kelly Rogers describes Gus Van Sant's LastDays as a visual requiem, not just to Kurt Cobain but to an entiregeneration of rock 'n' roll, and says its acquisition continues a relationshipforged with HBO through such films as American Splendor, Real Women HaveCurves, Elephant and the upcoming Maria Full Of Grace.

"By creating a loose fictional parallel to Cobain'stragic end, Last Day broadens the focus to take in the larger issues:art and commerce, depression and addiction, fame and infamy."

The Machinist, starring Christian Bale, and MeanCreek, were both acquired from Paramount. Rialto bought the post-WWIIdrama, The Queen Of Sheba's Pearls, which tracks the most poignantmoments of one man's life over 20 years, from AB Svensk.