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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Oscar Predictions

Posted on Thursday 2/27/2014 February, 2014 by Francesca Rudkin

I love an occasion, a good show and celebrating film, so I’ll be glued to the television from 2.30pm this Monday (3rd March) for the 86th Academy Awards. Months of speculation will finally come to an end as we see ifGravity or 12 Years a Slave will triumph as Best Film and if the cast of American Hustle have conned their way to Oscar glory in the acting categories.  

Francesca’s Picks for the Week

Posted on Monday 2/24/2014 February, 2014 by Francesca Rudkin

It’s only February, but while many of us feel like we’re just starting the year the film industry has been busy. It’s amazing to think the Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin Film Festival have already been and gone.

You might have registered the Berlin Film Festival was taking place thanks to the bizarre behavior of actor Shia LaBeouf. LaBeouf turned up at the gala premiere for his latest film, Lars von Trier'sNymphomaniac I, with a paper bag on his head that read, “I am not famous anymore.” The reason for this attention seeking behavior steams back to December when it was discovered the short film he wrote and directed,, had monologues and scenes directly lifted from a graphic novel by Daniel Clowes. As the plagiarism accusations built, LaBeouf began a series of apologies including sky sign writing and in January announcing he was retiring from public life.

Francesca’s Picks for the Week

Posted on Monday 2/17/2014 February, 2014 by Melanie Curry-Irons

 The 67th BAFTA British Academy Film Awards have just wrapped and it was another good night for Jennifer Lawrence and Cate Blanchett, who failed to thank her Blue Jasmine director Woody Allen in her Best Actress acceptance speech. These wins were both highly predicted, but it’s nice to see the awards being shared around a little more in the male acting categories. Chiwetel Ejiofor won Best Actor for his excellent work in 12 Years a Slave, and Barkhad Abdi scooped the award for Best Supporting Actor for Captain Phillips.

Gravity won three awards including Best Director with 12 Years a Slave picking up Best Film. I suspect this is how the Oscars will unfold as well. There’s a full list of winners beneath my Rialto Channel highlights for the week.

The BAFTA’s and the Road to The Oscars

Posted on Thursday 2/13/2014 February, 2014 by Francesca Rudkin

I feel I’ve been talking about The Oscar’s for ages, but after reading stories about potential nominees for next year’s Oscars (off the back of the recent Sundance Film Festival) I’ve realised that obsessing for a couple of months about this year’s Oscars seems reasonable.

The 86th Academy Awards are still several weeks away, and while we’ve already got through the Screen Actors, Directors, Producers and Writers Guild Awards, as well as the NY Film Critics Circle Awards, the Golden Globes, The Critics Awards and National Board of Review Awards (all in January and early February), there are still two important award ceremonies to come on the long, long road to the Oscars.

First up are the 67th BAFTA Film Awards on Sunday 16 February, at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, hosted by Stephen Fry - for the ninth time.

Francesca’s Picks for the Week

Posted on Monday 2/10/2014 February, 2014 by Melanie Curry-Irons

Award season might be in full swing, but the year’s film festival season is also under way. TheSundance Film Festival wrapped in Utah on February 1st and Damien Chazelle’s drama Whiplashtook home the Grand Jury Prize for a Drama at Sundance this year, as well as the Audience Award for a Drama.  Originally a Sundance Film Festival award-winning short film, Whiplash tells the story of Andrew, an ambitious young student at a cutthroat Manhattan music conservatory who strives for greatness and perfection at any cost. The film stars Miles Teller as Andrew and J.K. Simmons as his teacher in what have been described as “fierce, searing performances”. For a full list of winners, head to

Bringing Cities to Life

Posted on Wednesday 2/5/2014 February, 2014 by Francesca Rudkin
This month go travelling on Rialto Channel with a series of thought provoking and beautifully crafted documentaries that look at how people live their lives in some of the most famous cities in the world.

This fascinating collection of documentaries takes you from London to New York, Dhaka to Christchurch capturing the diversity of our world, its people and the challenges they face.

Francesca’s Picks for the Week

Posted on Monday 2/3/2014 February, 2014 by Francesca Rudkin

During February, Rialto Documentary brings cities to life with a fabulous collection of thought provoking and beautifully crafted documentaries looking at how people live their lives in some of the most famous cities in the world. Richard Hankin takes us through the long, difficult task of rebuilding on New York’s Ground Zero (16 Acres), and Ron Fricke takes us around the world, stunning us with beautiful visuals that capture the diversity of our world and its people (Samsara). This week however, filmmaker Julien Temple explores what makes London tick in London, The Modern Babylon.


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.

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