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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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.

Interview with Joe Lonie for 'Honk If You're Horny' - This year's Show Me Shorts Best Film Winner

Posted on Thursday 11/14/2013 November, 2013 by Francesca Rudkin

The Show Me Shorts Film Festival kicks off in Wellington at the Rialto Channel Wellington Opening Night tonight (Thursday 14th November) at the Paramount Cinema where the award winning films from this year’s festival will be screened.

Included in the lineup, is director Joe Lonie’s impressive debut short film Honk If You’re Horny. Following on from its success at the Sorta Unofficial New Zealand Film Awards 2012, Honk If You’re Horny scooped the Rush Monro's Best Film Award as well as the SDGNZ Best Director Award at the Rialto Channel Auckland Opening Night and Awards Ceremony last week.

Andy Anderson also won the StarNow Best Actor Award for his performance as Terry, a ballsy taxi driver who tells a hilarious and raunchy story to a young musician he’s driving across town. A fast paced, beautifully told and completely compelling short film – don’t miss this opportunity to catch this excellent film.

Francesca’s Picks for the Week - November 11

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

There are plenty of moving dramas, riveting documentaries, and a good dose of romance on Rialto Channel this week. We also continue to celebrate the best of Australian film on Friday evenings throughout November, and there’s even a trip for two to Australia to be won - just head to the competitions page for details.

Here are my picks for the week; at the top of the list is documentary Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present - it’s just brilliant.

Show Me Shorts Winners Announced!

Posted on Thursday 11/7/2013 November, 2013 by Francesca Rudkin


The winners of the Show Me Shorts Film Festival were announced last night at the Rialto Channel Opening Night and Awards Ceremony at the Capital Cinema in Auckland.

Short Films with Francesca

Posted on Wednesday 11/6/2013 November, 2013 by Francesca Rudkin


We are now just hours away from the opening night of the 2013 Show Me Shorts Film Festival! To celebrate, Francesca Rudkin shares with us some of her favourite short films.

FRANCESCA'S PICKS FOR THE WEEK - NOVEMBER 4

Posted on Monday 11/4/2013 November, 2013 by Francesca Rudkin

When it comes to my highlights this week, it’s all rather bloody I’m afraid!  Ralph Fiennes does a good job bringing Shakespeare’s battle fueled tragedy Coriolanus into the modern day, and in Swedish film The Man From Beijing, a judge is targeted by a psychopathic mass murderer who hacks to death eighteen members of her family - hard not to take personally. To lighten the mood there’s also top documentary Milius, about producer, director and screenwriter John Milius. A wannabe solider and maverick, Milius created some of the most memorable and ‘manly’ characters we’ve seen on screen, including Dirty Harry and Conan the Barbarian.

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