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10 January

2013


Posted by
Francesca Rudkin

While Hollywood anxiously waits for tomorrow’s announcement of the 2013 Academy Award nominees, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced their film nominations for 2013. The BAFTA’s take place in London on February 10th and will be hosted by Stephen Fry.


07 January

2013


Posted by
Francesca Rudkin

Happy New Year! I hope you found some sunshine over the holiday period and managed to put your feet up. I’m feeling pretty good about 2013, but then I don’t make any resolutions until February - there’s nothing worse than being reminded you lack self control and discipline right at the start of the year! I’ll leave that feeling for March.


24 December

2012


Posted by
Francesca Rudkin

I love Christmas. It’s about more than just one gluttonous, expensive day of eating, giving and receiving. It’s about family, holidays and summer - three of my favourite things. It’s also about forgetting routines, watching the kids go feral, reading the pile of books that’s been stacked up on your bedside table since March, and not feeling guilty about having a beer mid-afternoon.


19 December

2012


Posted by
Francesca Rudkin

Here’s the list of the nominees for the Golden Globes 2013. The show will be co-hosted by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey on January 13th. There are a few surprises, namely the multiple nominations for the average Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, and a few snubs, Robert Di Niro misses out on a nomination for his critically acclaimed role in Silver Linings Playbook. Over all thought, it’s a pretty straightforward list.

One thing to note, the nominee list does not include a single hobbit.


17 December

2012


Posted by
Francesca Rudkin

Israeli film Ajami (Tuesday 18th December, 8.30pm) is at the top of my highlights list this week. Playing as part of our World Cinema programme Around the World in 80 Days, Ajami is a film for anyone curious about life in the Middle East.


13 December

2012


Posted by
Francesca Rudkin

The drama Snowtown is based on grisly and grim real life events and is inspired by 2 books Killing for Pleasure, and The Snowtown Murders. In the late 1990’s John Bunting, along with three others, tortured and murdered twelve people and then stored their bodies in barrels in a bank vault in the small rural town of Snowtown.

The film tells the story from the point of view of one of Buntings accomplices, 18-year-old Jamie Vlassakis who was seduced by Bunting into becoming a killer.

For his debut feature film, Australian director Justin Kurzel not only chose a controversial subject, he also worked with mostly non-actors, people discovered from around the Adelaide suburb where Bunting lived. It’s an impressive, intense debut and is held together by a remarkable performance by Daniel Henshall as John Bunting, one of the only three professional actors in the film.  

This year, Justin Kurzel and Daniel Henshall visited Auckland as part of the New Zealand International Film Festival to talk about their film and we sat down and had a chat.

11 December

2012


Posted by
Francesca Rudkin

We know our neighbours across the ditch can be a little crazy at times, but in the uncompromising and intense drama Snowtown (Saturday 15th December, 8.30pm) they’re at their lunatic worst.


06 December

2012


Posted by
Francesca Rudkin

Well, it’s been a big week for the New Zealand Film Industry. First, Hobbit fanatics and the world media came to Wellywood, or Hobbiton, or whatever we call ourselves these days, to celebrate the release of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit.

The media did their best to find a negative story about the film, and just when you’d expect the studio would be wanting rave reviews to override the annoying distractions they placed restrictions on anyone actually talking about the film. Ah, Hollywood.

 

Once the hullaballoo about a hobbit and a bunch of dwarfs died down, it was time for the industry to get together at the inaugural Sorta Unofficial New Zealand Film Awards, held at The Civic’s Wintergarden on Tuesday evening. 

03 December

2012


Posted by
Francesca Rudkin

First up this week is a film for lovers of the Beat Generation poet Allen Ginsberg; Howl (Saturday 8th December, 8.30pm). This experimental docu-drama explores Ginsberg’s erotic, explicit and autobiographical poem Howl (released in 1956) and brings his prophetic masterpiece to life with psychedelic animations of the poem.


30 November

2012


Posted by
Francesca Rudkin

Men Like Us is a moving and revealing documentary that looks into the lives of nine gay New Zealand men aged 24 through 78, directed by Christopher Banks. The film was released into theatres in August and has its television premiere on Rialto Channel as part of our Boys On Film series. 

As Christopher tells us, Men Like Us was made for gay men, a demographic over-represented in depression and suicide statistics, as a mirror of their own experiences. That said, Men Like Us is a rewarding and enlightening documentary regardless of your sexuality.

Christopher Banks now lives in Melbourne, and was kind enough to have a chat to us about his feature-length documentary.

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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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