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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DECEMBER DOCUMENTARIES

Posted on Thursday 8/12/2011 December, 2011 by Francesca Rudkin
With the social season here it’s helpful to have a few conversation starters ready for those awkward moments at the work Christmas party, or to impress the extended family or fellow campers on your break, and there’s no better source than our Rialto Documentaries, screening on Thursday evenings at 8.30pm.


CHRISTMAS IS COMING.........

Posted on Monday 5/12/2011 December, 2011 by Francesca Rudkin
As much as we may roll our eyes at all the fuss made about Christmas, in particular the music blaring in shops and malls, you’ve got to admit it’s fun to get just a little bit festive in the lead up to Christmas day.


MICHAEL WINTERBOTTOM FEATURES IN DIRECTORS' SHOWCASE

Posted on Thursday 1/12/2011 December, 2011 by Francesca Rudkin

This month in our Directors’ Showcase we celebrate the varied and experimental career of British director Michael Winterbottom.


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).


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