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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Wallander and Love/Hate

Posted on Thursday 1/30/2014 January, 2014 by Francesca Rudkin


I’ve been making a nuisance of myself around Rialto Channel of late. A perk of this job is viewing films and shows before they screen on the channel, and for better or worse this has led to an obsession with Swedish crime drama Wallander. I find myself ringing people far too busy to talk to me, begging for the next installment of this riveting series. 


Francesca’s Picks for the Week

Posted on Monday 1/27/2014 January, 2014 by Francesca Rudkin

While half of Hollywood flits from one awards ceremony to another, the other half has packed a slightly more casual wardrobe and headed to Utah, where visionary filmmakers and a mix of A-list celebrities and up-and-coming actors have gathered at the Sundance Film Festival.

PGA Awards and World Cinema on Rialto Channel

Posted on Thursday 1/23/2014 January, 2014 by Francesca Rudkin

 

Last week, I predicted that either 12 Years A Slave, Gravity or American Hustle would win the Best Picture and Best Director categories at the 86thAcademy Awards. Narrowing it down to a frontrunner out of these three was going to come down to who win the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the Producers Guild Awards and the Directors Guild Awards.

Francesca’s Picks for the Week

Posted on Monday 1/20/2014 January, 2014 by Francesca Rudkin

As you’re probably aware it’s awards season, and while The Oscars is the highlight of the season there’s a number of smaller award ceremonies that take place in the build-up to the Oscars. In Los Angeles on Saturday it was the Screen Actors Guild’s (SAG) turn to honour the outstanding work of their members over the last year... 

 

Oscar Nominees Announced!

Posted on Friday 1/17/2014 January, 2014 by Francesca Rudkin


Months of anticipation and speculation ended today when Liam Hemsworth and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced the nominees for the 86th Academy Awards. It comes as no surprise that the three films leading the nominations count this year are Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity, David O. Russell's American Hustle and Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave.

Francesca’s Picks for the Week

Posted on Monday 1/13/2014 January, 2014 by Francesca Rudkin

This month on Rialto Channel the Director’s Series celebrates the work of British filmmaker Stephen Frears. Prick up Your Ears, The Hit and Cheri all screen in the Sunday evening slot, along with one of his most successful films of late, The Queen. Helen Mirren is superb, and regardless of whether you’re watching this film for the first, second or third time this Dame will keep you captivated.

 

The First Nominees of the Awards Season Are In!

Posted on Thursday 1/9/2014 January, 2014 by Francesca Rudkin

If you love film this is an exciting time of the year. Thanks to ‘awards season’, specifically the Golden Globes and The Oscars, film distributors in New Zealand make the most of the much hyped award nominees and we get a couple of great films released almost every week over the coming months.

 

Francesca’s Picks for the Week

Posted on Monday 1/6/2014 January, 2014 by Francesca Rudkin

Well, here we go again! Another year has arrived and this January Rialto Channel has another superb lineup of films, including a collection of crime documentaries profiling an interesting array of characters and subjects. Check my blog later this week for a more in-depth look at what’s coming up in the Rialto Documentary slot on Thursday evenings, but in the meantime make a note to watch the profile on cultural icon, pimp and author Iceberg Slim in Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp.


Francesca's Holiday Highlights

Posted on Monday 12/23/2013 December, 2013 by Francesca Rudkin

I guess I watch about 300 feature, documentary and short films a year, so you may think I'd like a break over the holidays. But not so, I've already checked to see what's playing at the cinemas at the places I'll be holidaying in with my family this year, and I've got a lineup of DVDs of films I've missed this year and want to catch-up on. There are also plenty of must-see titles playing on Rialto Channel over the coming week.

Merry Christmas

Posted on Thursday 12/19/2013 December, 2013 by Francesca Rudkin

Are you sick of people asking if you’ve done all your Christmas shopping or where you’re going for the holidays? In amongst the organising, excitement and indulging at this time of year it’s nice to remember there’s more to Christmas than statutory holidays.

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