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27 August

2012


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Francesca Rudkin

Over recent weeks I’ve seen a number of films centered on political issues from the 60s and 70s. The Sapphires was an uplifting and amusing true story about an Aboriginal girl group who performed to troops in Vietnam during the war, and When I Rise and Sing Your Song were both moving documentaries about various artists’ participation in the American Civil Rights Movement.

23 August

2012


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Francesca Rudkin

Hollywood is this week reeling over the sad news of film director Tony Scott’s death. The 68-year-old brother and business partner of director Sir Ridley Scott threw himself of the Vincent Thomas Bridge spanning the Los Angeles Harbour in San Pedro on Tuesday in an apparent suicide.

20 August

2012


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Francesca Rudkin

Another Year is another stunning film from veteran British filmmaker Mike Leigh. It screens on Rialto Channel (Saturday 25th August, 8.30pm) as an addition to this month’s Director’s Series on Sunday nights, which in August celebrates the work of Mr. Leigh.

16 August

2012


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Francesca Rudkin

The New Zealand International Film Festival has given us a good lead on what films will be hitting the big screens over the next 12 months. Already scheduled to return to our theatres are I Wish, Moonrise Kingdom, The Angel’s Share, The Sapphires, Your Sister’s Sister, How Far is Heaven, Where Do We Go Now and On the Road.

13 August

2012


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Francesca Rudkin

Writer and director Pawel Pawlikowski’s adaptation of Douglas Kennedy’s novel The Woman in the Fift(Saturday 18th August, 8.30pm) is an intense, moody and mysterious psycho-thriller about a writer’s descent into madness.

09 August

2012


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Francesca Rudkin

The NZIFF finished in Auckland on Sunday evening after an exhausting but enriching couple of weeks. With an International Film Festival and the Olympics at the same time it would be fair to say it’s been an emotional couple of weeks.


06 August

2012


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Francesca Rudkin

As the London Olympics provides some of the most stunning backdrops to an event ever seen it seems appropriate for Rialto Channel to be screening films from a man who has made this city such a central part of his films.

02 August

2012


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Francesca Rudkin

The Ambassador is the highly entertaining new documentary from Danish filmmaker and satirist Mads Brugger. In 2007, Brugger discovered an online website that offered diplomatic posts in third world countries – for a price.  

In The Ambassador, Brugger creates an alter ego named Mads Cortzen, an eccentric wealthy Danish businessman with aspirations to make a difference in Africa by setting up a match making factory. He applies to become the Liberian Consul in the Central African Republic, and head to Africa to fulfill his dream.

Of course his real intentions are quite different. Smuggling blood diamonds and hanging out with pygmies are also on his To Do list.

The result is, well quite frankly, unbelievable. Dressed as a dapper clichéd colonial adventurer, Brugger discovers a country forgotten by the rest of the world where corruption is rife, life is hellish and anything can happen. And it does.

Brugger is visiting New Zealand as part of the NZIFF, and I had the pleasure of chatting to him about the making of his documentary.

30 July

2012


Posted by
Francesca Rudkin

Ryan Gosling is fast becoming an actor to watch, and this week he stars in a film called All Good Things (Saturday 4 August, 8.30pm), a murder mystery based on one of New York’s unsolved and most notorious missing person cases. The names of those involved have been changed, in response to objections from the families involved, so alleged serial killer Robert Durst is known as David Marks in this film and is played by Ryan Gosling.

26 July

2012


Posted by
Francesca Rudkin

New Zealand produced The Orator (O Le Tulafale) is the first feature filmed in Samoan and is the creation of writer and director Tusi Tamasese. Shot in and around villages on the island of Upolu, The Orator tells the story of Saili, a dwarf and the son of a chief who must find the courage to protect and fight for his family. It’s a moving drama about courage, forgiveness and love, and a remarkable debut from Tamasese, who kindly took the time to have a chat to us about making The Orator.

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Francesca Rudkin

Francesca Rudkin

Over the last 20 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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