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. Francesca is Rialto Channel's resident vlogger, 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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FOUR LIONS AND A HEDGEHOG.....

Posted on Monday 28/11/2011 November, 2011 by Francesca Rudkin

There’s nothing funny about terrorism or terrorists, unless you’re watching director Christopher Morris’ satire Four Lions.


ROBERT DUVALL, SISSY SPACEK & BILL MURRAY 'GET LOW'

Posted on Thursday 24/11/2011 November, 2011 by Francesca Rudkin

In 2004, director Aaron Schneider won an Academy Award for his short film Two Soldiers, based on a William Faulkner story. In his other life Schneider pays the bills as an award winning cinematographer, having worked extensively in television and on films such as Titanic (Second Unit DOP) and Kiss the Girls (DOP).

Which is just as well. It took six years from winning his Oscar for this rising star to get his debut feature film Get Low into cinemas - an amusing little drama staring Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek and Bill Murray, it was worth the wait.



INCENDIARY AND THE TALENTED MICHELLE WILLIAMS

Posted on Monday 21/11/2011 November, 2011 by Francesca Rudkin
Motherhood has done something to me; it’s made me soft, so when it comes to watching a film like Incendiary, about a woman trying to deal with the loss of her 4-year-old boy and husband in a terrorist bomb attack in London, a box of tissues is required.


HARRY BROWN

Posted on Thursday 17/11/2011 November, 2011 by Francesca Rudkin

Rialto Official Selection this Saturday evening features the gritty, violent and enthralling Harry Brown, featuring the iconic Michael Caine. 

AND THE WINNERS ARE.........

Posted on Tuesday 15/11/2011 November, 2011 by Francesca Rudkin





Congratulations to the finalists and winners of the Aotearoa Film and Television Awards (previously the Qantas Film and Television Awards) which were held on Saturday night in Auckland. 

ANOTHER UNOFFICIAL PATRICIA CLARKSON FAN CLUB

Posted on Thursday 10/11/2011 November, 2011 by Francesca Rudkin

I like actress Patricia Clarkson. I like her smoky voice, her intelligent presence on screen, and that she didn’t “break through” until her late 30s. I also like that you’re never sure what she’s going to pop up in next.


HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE WEEK

Posted on Tuesday 8/11/2011 November, 2011 by Francesca Rudkin
I don’t often get to watch films twice, there is always another film to watch, the next review to write, and two children to chase. This week though, no matter how busy I am, I will make an exception and once again immerse myself in the French film Farewell (Tonight at 8.30pm).


TWO IN THE WAVE

Posted on Wednesday 2/11/2011 November, 2011 by Francesca Rudkin


Tonight, Rialto Channel presents a fascinating introduction to Truffaut and his New Wave brother-in-arms Jean-Luc Godard in a documentary called Two in The Wave. 

An icon of international cinema: Francois Truffaut

Posted on Monday 31/10/2011 October, 2011 by Francesca Rudkin

Somehow we’ve hit November, which means two things. First, it’s time to begin working myself into a pre-festive season panic and, more importantly, another cinema icon features in this month’s Rialto Channel Directors’ Showcase.

Following Henri-George Clouzot last month comes another French filmmaker, Francois Roland Truffaut (1932-1984). One of the founders of the French New Wave, Truffaut was a screenwriter, director, producer and actor....

INTRODUCING ICONOCLASTS

Posted on Friday 28/10/2011 October, 2011 by Francesca Rudkin


If the All Blacks winning the Rugby World Cup wasn’t enough to inspire you to fulfill a long held dream, then try our new series Iconoclasts, starting next week. 
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