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 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.

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.

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