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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THE BEAUTY OF RUBBISH - WASTE LAND

Posted on Wednesday 21/03/2012 March, 2012 by Francesca Rudkin
Lucy Walker’s Oscar nominated documentary Waste Land (screens Thursday 22nd March, 8.30pm) describes itself as “an uplifting feature documentary highlighting the transformative power of art and the beauty of the human spirit”. It’s the sort of sentiment often expressed, but in the case of this documentary it is well and truly met.


ANOTHER SUPERB WEEK ON RIALTO CHANNEL

Posted on Monday 19/03/2012 March, 2012 by Francesca Rudkin
As a mother of two I cry at pretty much anything (I’ve admitted this before I know), and my three highlights on Rialto Channel this week have all left me with mascara issues. I’ve been both very sad and quite enchanted by the characters I’ve met along the way.

FILM STARS TURN EMMYS INTO A TOUGH COMPETITION

Posted on Thursday 15/03/2012 March, 2012 by Francesca Rudkin
There’s traditionally been a perception that Hollywood “stardom” and A-list status is best left with those in the film industry, irrespective of how talented a television actor may be.

FRANCESCA'S PICKS FOR THE WEEK

Posted on Monday 12/03/2012 March, 2012 by Francesca Rudkin
Two films caught my attention this week, for quite different reasons.


OSCAR WINNERS PROVE A HIT AT THE BOX OFFICE

Posted on Wednesday 7/03/2012 March, 2012 by Francesca Rudkin
As the Oscar hype fades for another year the winners (and some of the stronger contenders) begin to reap the rewards of being members of the exclusive Oscar winning group.  A few weeks back I talked about the benefits of winning an Oscar: fame, fortune and profits.


FRANCESCA'S PICKS......AND THEY'RE GOODIES!

Posted on Monday 5/03/2012 March, 2012 by Francesca Rudkin
OK people, clear out the MySky and make some room - here are a few of the must-see films screening this week as part of our Rialto Oscar’s Collection.

AND THE OSCAR WENT TO......

Posted on Thursday 1/03/2012 March, 2012 by Francesca Rudkin
I know it’s parochial but big-ups to Bret McKenzie for taking home a glorious golden Oscar statue on Sunday evening for his muppet/man identity disorder song Man or Muppet. There were only two nominees in the best original song category this year, but it went to the right guy - I think the song is brilliant, so do my 5-year-old son and mother, it’s a cross generational gem!


FRANCESCA'S PICK OF THE WEEK

Posted on Tuesday 28/02/2012 February, 2012 by Francesca Rudkin
I’m not sure where to start when writing about Rialto Channel in March; there’s no doubt we’re having our own Academy Awards party. The Rialto Oscar’s Collection this month features an assortment of winners and nominees from last years Academy Awards. For the first time on New Zealand television you’ll be able to enjoy the most celebrated must-see films of 2011, including The Kings Speech, Inside Job, In a Better World, Winter’s Bone and The Kids Are Alright. 

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.


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