Francesca Rudkin

Francesca Rudkin

Over the last 15 years Francesca Rudkin has been working in the media as a film and music reviewer (NZ Herald, Breakfast TV), a television presenter and producer, and voice over artist. Recently, Francesca joined Rialto Channel as their resident blogger, allowing her to indulge in her love of world cinema. Her next challenge is to convince her young children that being a “Cinephile” is a legitimate profession.

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Francesca’s Picks for the Week

Posted on Monday 4/20/2015 April, 2015 by Francesca Rudkin

 

As far as jobs go, Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon and Michael Winterbottom definitely stumbled on to a beauty with their series The Trip. The trio first worked together thirteen years ago in 24 Hour Party People and more recently in Tristram Shandy: A Cock And Bull Story. It was during shootingTristram Shandy that the three came up with the idea of making a television show together where Coogan and Brydon would play versions of themselves, travel around picturesque spots, eat exceptionally good food, and just talking about stuff. What started out as a six episode series for the BBC, was then re-edited into a feature film, and was such a success, a few years later they went and did it all again – this time in Italy. The Trip to Italy is my first pick of the week. 

Francesca’s Picks for the Week

Posted on Monday 4/13/2015 April, 2015 by Francesca Rudkin


There’s plenty for music lovers to enjoy this week on Rialto Channel. Catch Mama Africa, a documentary about Miriam Makeba on Thursday evening and The Great Hip Hop Hoax, another documentary about a couple of Scottish boys who fooled music execs into thinking they were LA homeboys. End the week on a high-octane punk note with Good Vibrations, a witty drama and biopic about Terri Hooley, an Irishman who ignited the punk scene in 70s Belfast. It’s my first pick of the week.

Francesca’s Picks for the Week

Posted on Wednesday 4/1/2015 April, 2015 by Francesca Rudkin


During April, Rialto Channel puts the spotlight on the music industry screening a range of award winning documentaries on both Thursday and Friday evenings. Catch Florian Habicht’s Pulp: A Film About Life, Death and Supermarkets, the Oscar winning best documentary 20 Feet From Stardom and Ron Howard’s Made in America.
 

Francesca’s Picks for the Week

Posted on Monday 3/30/2015 March, 2015 by Francesca Rudkin


A new month begins bringing with it a new selection of films on Rialto Channel. Rialto World covers off the latest in Italian cinema, Rialto New Wave features a handful of debut films by Australian filmmakers, and Rialto Documentary features fascinating music stories on both Thursday and Friday evenings. There’s plenty to enjoy, here are my highlights for the week.

Francesca’s Picks for the Week

Posted on Monday 3/23/2015 March, 2015 by Francesca Rudkin


Walking is trending on Rialto Channel at the moment. Last week in Downhill, a bunch of middle age British men had mid life crisis’s walking the Wainwright's Coast to Coast Walk from St Bees in Cumbria to Robin Hood's Bay in North Yorkshire. This week, a disillusioned young woman takes to the unforgiving Australian outback in an attempt to understand her difficult upbringing and find the meaning of life. This stunning film is called Tracks, and it’s my first pick of the week.

Francesca’s Picks for the Week

Posted on Monday 3/16/2015 March, 2015 by Francesca Rudkin


You may not know his face, but Don LaFontaine was one of the great voices of Hollywood. An American voice actor that narrated over 5000 movie trailers and became famous for kicking them off with the words “In A World…”, LaFontaine is one of the inspirations behind comedian and actress Lake Bell’s debut as a writer/director. In A World is a tribute to the voice-over industry, also inspired by Bell’s experience trying to breaking into the cliquey and lucrative voice over scene in Los Angeles. The result is a hilarious film about life in Hollywood from a side of the industry you might not have seen before. In A World, is my first pick of the week.

Francesca’s Picks for the Week

Posted on Monday 3/9/2015 March, 2015 by Francesca Rudkin


If you love the Danish-Swedish television co-production The Bridge currently screening on Tuesday evenings at 7.25pm, then you won’t want to miss The Keeper of Lost Causes. Following in the tradition of Camilla Lackberg, Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbø, The Keeper of Lost Causes is the first of Danish author Jussi Adler-Olsen Scandi-noir novels to be adapted for the big screen. A well-presented good yarn and a nice addition to the genre, it screens Monday 9th March, and is followed on Tuesday night by another Danish noir flick The Hour of The Lynx. 

Francesca’s Picks for the Week

Posted on Monday 3/2/2015 March, 2015 by Francesca Rudkin


During March, Rialto Channel puts the spotlight on women in independent film screening films from writer-directors Lynn Shelton (Touchy Feely) and Lake Bell (In A World), as well as taking a look at the work of actresses Mia Wasikowska (Tracks) and Brie Larson (Short Term 12). Also throughout March, Rialto Documentary will unsettle you with a collection of films based on true crime stories, and Rialto World takes over both Monday and Tuesday nights, screening two films each week from South Korea, Denmark, Israel and Belgium. There’s plenty to enjoy, here are my picks for the week. 

Francesca’s Picks for the Week

Posted on Monday 2/23/2015 February, 2015 by Francesca Rudkin


Rialto Channel’s Month of Sin wraps up this weekend with one of the most controversial and sinful films of 2014, Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac: Vol I and II. These films are as indulgent, playful, and full frontal as you’d expect from world cinema’s enfant terrible, who is clearly in the mood to shock and enlighten his audience. Don’t miss this epic sexual odyssey, it’s one of the most polarizing and talked about films of 2014, and is my first pick for the week.
  

Francesca’s Picks for the Week

Posted on Monday 2/16/2015 February, 2015 by Francesca Rudkin


The sin continues on Rialto Channel this week with films filled with lies, cover-ups, alcoholism, bullying and desire – you know, all the things that make us human. It’s great to see Matt Dillon in fine form as the wheelchair bound lover of a convenience store worker played by Naomi Watts in the indie flick Sunlight JR. It might not seem like it, but Dillon has been working consistently since his Oscar nominated turn in 2004’s Crash, appearing in a variety of films such as Herbie Fully Loaded, You, Me and Dupreeand Girls Most Likely. This year he joins the growing list of film actors embracing television, appearing in a new mystery drama series called Wayward Pines along with Melissa Leo. 

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