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23 April

2012


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Francesca Rudkin

This week we’re featuring the latest drama from Oscar-winning director Alejandro Amenabar, Agora (Saturday 28th April, 8.30pm). A sweeping historical story that takes in the science, politics, philosophy and religion of Alexandria in the 4th century, Agora tells the story of Hypatia, a feminist - Ancient Egyptian style.

18 April

2012


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Francesca Rudkin

A graduate of the Ilam School of Fine Arts in Christchurch, independent Wellington filmmaker Costa Botes has been making television dramas (The Lamb of God), short films (Stalin’s Sickle), feature films (Saving Grace), documentaries (Daytime Tiger, the making of Lord of the Rings), and the occasional hoax (Forgotten Silver) since 1985.

16 April

2012


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Francesca Rudkin

This week I’ve once again picked a wonderfully eclectic collection of highlights. The first is the New Zealand television premiere of Candyman: The David Klein Story (Thursday 19th April, 8.30pm), directed by Wellington-based documentary filmmaker Costa Botes (Forgotten Silver, Daytime Tiger).

10 April

2012


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Francesca Rudkin

Coming up this Saturday night (14th April, 8.30pm) on Rialto Channel is the New Zealand television premiere of the period action thriller Tracker, staring Ray Winstone and our very own Kiwi icon, Temuera Morrison. Directed by Ian Sharp, and based in the early 20th century the film captures the beauty of New Zealand as South African tracker Arjan van Diemen (Winstone) chases wanted Maori fugitive Kereama (Morrison) through the NZ wilderness. Needless to say, it was a physical shoot.

Along with appearances in The Green Lantern, and Spartacus, Tracker marks a busy new period in Morrison’s esteemed career. He’s currently shooting a new feature film called Mt Zion in South Auckland with Australian Idol winner Stan Walker.

Temuera kindly took a few minutes out of his busy schedule to have a chat.

09 April

2012


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Francesca Rudkin

I hope you’ve had a lovely relaxing Easter break, and overindulged in chocolate. I certainly have - it’s a parental duty to save children from a sugar overload.

04 April

2012


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Francesca Rudkin

So far this year cinemas have been filled with 2012 Golden Globe and Academy Award winners and nominees, but with the school holidays approaching the tone of the film’s being released has changed somewhat.


02 April

2012


Posted by
Francesca Rudkin

I always enjoy watching Scottish actor James McAvoy. He can move from indie flick to period drama, and action and science fiction blockbuster to kid’s animation, all with ease and while oozing credibility. A little like his X-Men: First Class co-star Michael Fassbender.

29 March

2012


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Francesca Rudkin

Ken Loach doesn’t really need an introduction. One of Britain’s foremost political filmmakers, Loach has been making his own style of “social realist” films for five decades now, and this month we celebrate a variety of his work in our Rialto Directors’ Showcase.

26 March

2012


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Francesca Rudkin

The Rialto Channel’s Oscar’s Collection comes to an end this week, and what a collection it’s been – thought-provoking, moving, funny, and challenging. This week we finish on a high, featuring 3 of the big winners from last year’s Academy Awards; The King’s Speech (Saturday 31st March, 8.30pm), In a Better World (Tuesday 27th March, 8.30pm) and Inside Job (Thursday 29th March, 8.30pm).

21 March

2012


Posted 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.


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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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