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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Posted on Monday 5/18/2015 May, 2015 by Rialto Admin

The Festival de Cannes is well under way and the reviews have been coming in thick and fast. Enjoy keeping up with all the action by checking out the festival coverage on variety.com, indiewire.com, or theguardian.com. Just beware; once you start browsing, it’s hard to stop.  

Here are the top five must see films of the week, all of which have screened at the prestigious Festival de Cannes in the past.

Francesca's Picks for the Week

Posted on Monday 5/11/2015 May, 2015 by Francesca Rudkin

This week on Rialto Channel catch award-winning and critically-acclaimed feature films that have screened in competition at Cannes recently.

The Festival de Cannes kicks off on the 13th and all the talk is about, would you believe, selfies. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cannes Festival director Thierry Fremaux has requested an unofficial selfie ban on the red carpet saying, "We don't want to prohibit it, but we want to slow down the process of selfies on the steps." Clearly an attempt to avoid a bottleneck on the stairs of the Cannes red carpet, he hammered home his thoughts on this form of amateur photography by saying “You never look as ugly as you do in a selfie.” From personal experience, I can only agree.

Here are the top five must see films of the week.

Francesca’s Picks for the Week

Posted on Monday 5/4/2015 May, 2015 by Francesca Rudkin



The Festival de Cannes is only nine days away and Rialto Channel is celebrating! Throughout May Rialto Channel is screening an eclectic collection of award winning and critically acclaimed feature films that have screened in competition at Cannes recently, such as the Oscar nominated films The Great Beauty and Omar, Abdellatif Kechiche’s three-hour French lesbian love story, Blue is the Warmest Colour as well as the winner of the Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize Like Father, Like Son

Each Monday I’ll be giving you a rundown of the top five must see films of the week, so clear your diary, snuggle up and enjoy Cannes Month on Rialto Channel. 

Francesca’s Picks for the Week

Posted on Monday 4/27/2015 April, 2015 by Francesca Rudkin


May is an exceptionally good month on Rialto Channel as we celebrate the Cannes Film Festival by screening an eclectic collection of award winning and critically acclaimed feature films that have screened in competition at Cannes recently. The Festival du Cannes is the most prestigious and glamorous of the European Film Festivals, and is as dedicated to screening work from established auteurs as it is showcasing new talent 

Coming up throughout May, you’ll be able to catch Oscar nominated films such as The Great Beauty and Omar, Abdellatif Kechiche’s three-hour French lesbian love story, Blue is the Warmest Colour as well as the winner of the Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize Like Father, Like Son. Each Monday I’ll be giving you a rundown of the top five must see films of the week.

However, before we launch into May, don’t miss the Oscar award winning documentary 20 Feet From Stardom screening this Thursday, it’s my first pick of the week. 

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.

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