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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AND THE OSCAR GOES TO.......

Posted on Wednesday 22/02/2012 February, 2012 by Francesca Rudkin
The winners of the 84th Academy Awards will be announced live in Los Angeles on Sunday 26th February (Monday afternoon our time). It doesn’t matter what or who you read, the general consensus is this year Hollywood has gone all gooey for the silent black and white French film The Artist. Only Harvey Weinstein could pull off a Best Picture win for a foreign silent film - if he does, it will be the first time a silent film has won an Oscar since 1929.

FRANCESCA'S PICKS 20TH FEBRUARY

Posted on Monday 20/02/2012 February, 2012 by Francesca Rudkin

Love and Other Impossible Pursuits is a brilliant title for a movie; enough in itself to pique my interest, and it screens this Saturday 25th February at 8.30pm. Director and screenwriter Don Roos can’t take credit for the intriguing title of this story about life, loss and family; it’s based on a novel by author Ayelet Waldman. Interestingly, the film was released in the States under the rather more bland moniker The Other Woman.

Natalie Portman stars and is credited as an Executive Producer on this film, and puts her heart and soul into portraying Emilia, a young lawyer who falls for a married Senior Partner (Scott Cohen), and whose life takes an unexpected turn just as she seemingly gets everything she wants.


NO SURPRISES AT THE BAFTAS

Posted on Thursday 16/02/2012 February, 2012 by Francesca Rudkin

The British Academy of Film and Television held their Orange British Academy Film Awards on Sunday evening, and once again silence was golden as The Artist scooped seven awards, including best film, best director, best original screenplay (interesting choice!), original music, best costume design and best cinematography.

There will be no room on director Michel Hazanavicius’ mantle piece for an Oscar at this rate; so he’ll have to send a few statues to the pool room as I can’t imagine him leaving the Oscar’s empty handed now.

FRANCESCA'S PICKS 13TH FEBRUARY

Posted on Monday 13/02/2012 February, 2012 by Francesca Rudkin
In order to remind us that she can do more than just stare wistfully at vampires and werewolves, Kristen Stewart has been using her downtime between shooting the drawn out Twilight Saga to shoot a series of independent films.


BRITISH COMEDY AT ITS BEST!

Posted on Thursday 9/02/2012 February, 2012 by Francesca Rudkin

A while back when discussing the film Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story staring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon I also mentioned the latest movie they’ve done together, the hilariously funny road trip The Trip.

The structure of the film is quite repetitive, as they drive from restaurant to restaurant, but there’s a reason for that; this documentary-like film started out as a BBC2 6-part television series. This film plays out much better in its original format, and that’s how Rialto Channel will be screening The Trip, beginning with the first 2 episodes on Monday 13th February at 8.30pm.




FRANCESCA'S PICKS FOR THE WEEK

Posted on Monday 6/02/2012 February, 2012 by Francesca Rudkin

Sarah’s Key (Saturday 11th February, 8.30pm) was one of my favourite films of 2011, so even if you’ve read and loved the book, by Tatiana de Rosnay’s and a New York Times best seller, this moving and absorbing film should be on your must-see list.





MUSIC, FRENCH FILM SEASON & SUNDANCE WINNERS

Posted on Thursday 2/02/2012 February, 2012 by Francesca Rudkin
Another exciting month kicks off on Rialto Channel this week, particularly for Francophiles and music lovers (of all types!).


FRANCESCA'S PICKS

Posted on Monday 30/01/2012 January, 2012 by Francesca Rudkin

In February Rialto Channel features a collection of compelling documentaries about a diverse group of musicians drawn from rock and roll, hip hop, funk and classical music. I’ll write about them more in my blog later in the week, but to set the mood for what follows Soul Boy screens tonight, Monday 30th January, 8.30pm.


THE OSCAR NOMINATIONS, SNUBS AND SURPRISES.

Posted on Thursday 26/01/2012 January, 2012 by Francesca Rudkin
At 5am on Tuesday morning, members of the Academy, the press, film critics and publicists all gathered at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills to hear the most anticipated announcement of the entertainment year; the 2012 Academy Award nominations.


FRANCESCA'S HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK

Posted on Monday 23/01/2012 January, 2012 by Francesca Rudkin
I’m not much of a betting girl, but one of the highlights of this week will be the announcement of this year’s Oscar nominees. I love sitting down and trying to assess the mood of Hollywood and who will take home the coveted golden statues. Inevitably I end up with two lists; the list featuring people I think should win, and the list featuring the people who probably will win. Make sure you pop back later in the week to check out the nominees.


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