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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Posted on Friday 30/09/2011 September, 2011 by Francesca Rudkin

Our Director’s Showcase in October celebrates the work of legendary French director Henri-Georges Clouzot with 5 of his very best works.


Posted on Wednesday 28/09/2011 September, 2011 by Francesca Rudkin

Today I want to mention a film I’ve never seen. Centurion......................

The People Have Spoken....

Posted on Thursday 22/09/2011 September, 2011 by Francesca Rudkin

It didn’t matter how many hyped-up films George Clooney and Ryan Gosling stared in at the 36thToronto International Film Festival (TIFF), two each, neither managed to successfully sway the audience when it came to the top award.

Highlights of the Week

Posted on Monday 19/09/2011 September, 2011 by Francesca Rudkin
When Hollywood couples decide to work and play together........

Christopher Plummer Joins The Oscar Race

Posted on Thursday 15/09/2011 September, 2011 by Francesca Rudkin
This Saturday, Rialto Official Selection is playing one of the most delightful, charming and outrageously melodramatic films of 2010, The Last Station, starring Christopher Plummer.........

Benvenuti to the Italian Film Season

Posted on Tuesday 13/09/2011 September, 2011 by Francesca Rudkin

At the end of this month the 2011 Alfa Romeo Italian Film Festival kicks off in cinemas, and Rialto Channel is helping you get in the mood throughout September.

68th Venice Film Festival Winners Announced

Posted on Monday 12/09/2011 September, 2011 by Francesca Rudkin

George Clooney’s The Ides of March, David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method, and Roman Polanski’s Carnage all missed out on the top Golden Lion Award at the 68th Venice Film Festival.

Russian director Aleksandra Sokurov (Russian Ark) was the surprise winner of the Golden Lion Award, announced on Saturday, for his film Faust. A fantasy version of the legend of Faust, it is...........


Posted on Wednesday 7/09/2011 September, 2011 by Francesca Rudkin

In 1963, Roman Polanski’s debut feature film Knife in the Water screened at the inaugural New York Film Festival; five decades later it’s just been announced that his most recent film Carnage will open the 49th New York Film Festival, which opens on September 30....

The Sounds of Rarotonga

Posted on Monday 5/09/2011 September, 2011 by Francesca Rudkin

With Father’s Day yesterday, it is the perfect time to talk about Songs for A Bigger Island (Sunday 11th September, 5.50pm). In this one hour documentary, director Costa Botes captures Will Crummer recording his album Shoebox Lovesongs - The Rarotongan Music of Will Crummer; a musical collaboration between Will and his well-known daughter Annie Crummer....

Interview with Sara Ziff and Ole Schell, Directors of 'Picture Me: A Model's Diary'

Posted on Monday 29/08/2011 August, 2011 by Francesca Rudkin

Fashion Week is upon us people, and over the next week celebrities will be swilling free booze and changing their outfit three times a day, fashion reporters will be updating us on “key pieces” and “emerging trends” and gossip columnists will be keeping a close eye on front row breaches of fashion show etiquette.


Behind the scenes though, it will be a different story as local designers and their teams work tirelessly to promote and sell their collections. We don’t get to see the reality of life behind the scenes very often, but now thanks to the effort of Sara Ziff and Ole Schell, we get to see inside the fashion industry from the unique perspective of the model...
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