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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Posted on Thursday 18/10/2012 October, 2012 by Francesca Rudkin

New Zealand director Alex Galvin’s latest feature film Eternity has been selected to screen in competition at the 14th Saint-Tropez Antipodes Film Festival, taking place this week.


New Zealand director Alex Galvin’s latest feature film Eternity has been selected to screen in competition at the 14th Saint-Tropez Antipodes Film Festival, taking place this week.

It’s the second feature film from Galvin, who released When Night Falls in 2007, and is a sci-fi thriller that takes place in Hong Kong and New Zealand some time in the near future. A police detective takes part in a computer simulation, and when something goes wrong with the program he must solve a murder mystery to save his life.

It’s a very slick looking production - just take a look at the trailer, www.eternity-thefilm.com/trailer - with the New Zealand locations taking on the “game world” in the film.

As Galvin told OnFilm in July, “it is not the New Zealand you know, it is a highly stylised, heightened New Zealand.” Galvin goes on to explain that the game world needed to be “perfectly clean and stylised”, so if they were shooting on the street then signage, marks on the concrete, and anything that wasn’t perfect, had to be removed in post production. Which, as you can imagine, took considerable time. Shooting began in late 2010, with post-production wrapping recently in 2012.

Eternity has also made the cut for the Cinema des Antipodes selection of Cannes Cinephiles (during Cannes Film Festival 2013) and is scheduled for cinematic distribution throughout New Zealand in early 2013. The film will, however, premier during the Hawke’s Bay inaugural Food & Wine Classic in Hastings on November 9.

Another New Zealand production also had its world premiere this week; the Kiwi horror comedy Fresh Meat premiered at the 32nd Hawaii International Film Festival on October 15th.

Written by Briar Grace-Smith (The Strength of Water) and directed by Danny Mulheron, Fresh Meat is the story of a modern day, middle class Maori family of cannibals unwittingly taken hostage by a dysfunctional gang of Asian criminals. Temuera Morrison, Kate Elliot and Nicola Kawana star in this outrageous sounding comedy, which will be released theatrically in New Zealand on October 25th.

For a taste of what Fresh Meat has to offer, check out the collection of rather amusing trailers at www.freshmeatfilm.com


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