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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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.

Francesca’s Picks for the Week - December 16

Posted on Monday 12/16/2013 December, 2013 by Francesca Rudkin

Following on the heels of remarkable documentaries The Law in These Parts and Budrus comes The Gatekeepers, another fascinating insight into the ongoing Israeli-Palestine conflict that has raged since the end of the Six Day War in 1967.

If you’re after something a little lighter this week, perhaps to ease you through the pre-Christmas chaos, then check out Quartet.

Rialto Channel New Zealand Film Award Winners 2013 Announced

Posted on Wednesday 12/11/2013 December, 2013 by Francesca Rudkin

Well, the night belonged to Shopping, the Kapiti Coast set coming-of-age story written and directed by Louis Sutherland and Mark Albiston. Nominated for 13 awards, Shopping took home three of the major awards for Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay at the Rialto Channel New Zealand Film Awards last night.

Francesca’s Picks for the Week 9th December

Posted on Tuesday 12/10/2013 December, 2013 by Francesca Rudkin

Films featuring on Rialto Channel this week vary from a romantic comedy about the invention of a sex toy, starring Hugh Dancy and Maggie Gyllenhaal, to an American documentary exploring the deadly serious issue of third trimester abortions. I've also thrown a British mockumentary into the highlights for a little light relief.

Interview with Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland for Shopping

Posted on Friday 12/6/2013 December, 2013 by Francesca Rudkin

The long awaited feature film debut from talented writers/directors Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland, Shopping debuted at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Mark and Louis, the team behind internationally acclaimed short films Run and The Six Dollar Fifty Mankindly found the time to have a chat about what they learned while making the film.

Francesca’s Picks for the Week - December 2

Posted on Monday 12/2/2013 December, 2013 by Francesca Rudkin

In December, Rialto Channel celebrates World Cinema with Rialto World, a season that continues through January, focusing on one country each week with films on Tuesdays and Wednesday evenings at 8.30pm. It’s your passport around the world and an opportunity to meet the hottest new writer-directors on the scene today. Mexican film Abel kicks off my highlights this week.


Interview with Quinton Hita for Mt Zion

Posted on Thursday 11/28/2013 November, 2013 by Francesca Rudkin

Quinton Hita's broadcasting career has included stints as DJ, writer, actor, Te Reo advocate and producer. In 2004 he set up Kura Productions where he has produced and executive-produced hundreds of hours of television, much of it for Māori Television.

Francesca’s Picks for the Week - November 25

Posted on Monday 11/25/2013 November, 2013 by Francesca Rudkin

This week, see Marilyn Monroe in a different light as actors perform readings of her journals in the documentary Love, Marilyn. Very much a homage to the famous actress by filmmaker Liz Garbus (Bobby Fischer Against The World), this documentary does its best to explain why 51 years after her death, Marilyn Monroe still fascinates us today. Also this week, you can enjoy a hilarious Aussie rom-com and Billy Bob Thornton’s latest directorial effort. 


Here are my picks for the week, enjoy.

RCNZ Film Award Nominees 2013 Announced

Posted on Thursday 11/21/2013 November, 2013 by Francesca Rudkin

On Tuesday 10th December, a who’s who of the New Zealand film industry, and a few hangers-on, will gather in Auckland to celebrate the very best in New Zealand film from over the past year.

Francesca’s Picks for the Week – November 18

Posted on Monday 11/18/2013 November, 2013 by Francesca Rudkin

This week, the notoriously private David Geffen opens up about his colourful life and career in the compelling documentary King of Hollywood: Inventing David Geffen. Black Swan’s Vincent Cassel is charismatic in the suspenseful French period The Monk, and Downton Abbey’s Elizabeth McGovern stars in another British period piece - although this time she gets to be funny.

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