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06 December

2012


Posted by
Francesca Rudkin

Well, it’s been a big week for the New Zealand Film Industry. First, Hobbit fanatics and the world media came to Wellywood, or Hobbiton, or whatever we call ourselves these days, to celebrate the release of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit.

The media did their best to find a negative story about the film, and just when you’d expect the studio would be wanting rave reviews to override the annoying distractions they placed restrictions on anyone actually talking about the film. Ah, Hollywood.

 

Once the hullaballoo about a hobbit and a bunch of dwarfs died down, it was time for the industry to get together at the inaugural Sorta Unofficial New Zealand Film Awards, held at The Civic’s Wintergarden on Tuesday evening. 

03 December

2012


Posted by
Francesca Rudkin

First up this week is a film for lovers of the Beat Generation poet Allen Ginsberg; Howl (Saturday 8th December, 8.30pm). This experimental docu-drama explores Ginsberg’s erotic, explicit and autobiographical poem Howl (released in 1956) and brings his prophetic masterpiece to life with psychedelic animations of the poem.


30 November

2012


Posted by
Francesca Rudkin

Men Like Us is a moving and revealing documentary that looks into the lives of nine gay New Zealand men aged 24 through 78, directed by Christopher Banks. The film was released into theatres in August and has its television premiere on Rialto Channel as part of our Boys On Film series. 

As Christopher tells us, Men Like Us was made for gay men, a demographic over-represented in depression and suicide statistics, as a mirror of their own experiences. That said, Men Like Us is a rewarding and enlightening documentary regardless of your sexuality.

Christopher Banks now lives in Melbourne, and was kind enough to have a chat to us about his feature-length documentary.

26 November

2012


Posted by
Francesca Rudkin

Top of this week’s picks is the incredible story of how a group of ordinary people who were infected with the AIDS virus, or somehow affected by it, became health activists in a desperate bid to slow down the AIDS epidemic in New York City during the 1980s and 90s. 


22 November

2012


Posted by
Francesca Rudkin

You’ve probably noticed December is approaching fast, and Rialto Channel is, like the rest of us, determined to get in as much as possible before Christmas.


19 November

2012


Posted by
Francesca Rudkin

It’s not uncommon this year to read about media institutions falling into disrepute, so it would be reasonable to assume a documentary called Tabloid might be about a recent scandal. But no, it’s more interesting than that.


15 November

2012


Posted by
Francesca Rudkin

I just can’t get my head around the idea of another Star Wars film. As the press releases come thick and fast from Lucasfilm it’s clear the idea of a seventh Star Wars film has been in the pipeline for a while, but I’m not sure whether I’m happy about it or not.


12 November

2012


Posted by
Francesca Rudkin

Well, I have to say, Rialto Channel’s timing couldn’t be more perfect. Just after George Lucas announces he’s selling his company Lucasfilm Ltd to Disney for around US4 billion, Rialto’s playing the hilarious documentary The People vs George Lucas (Friday 16th November, 8.30pm).


07 November

2012


Posted by
Francesca Rudkin

The telly folk might have been happy not to share their awards night with the New Zealand film industry this year, but thanks to organisers Hugh Sundae (nzherald.co.nz) and Ant Timpson (of 48 Film Festival fame) this country’s talented filmmakers and thespians will still be acknowledged in 2012.


06 November

2012


Posted by
Francesca Rudkin

I’ve been waiting for filmmaker Lars von Trier to feature in our Director’s Showcase ever since the series began over a year ago. So I’m rather excited it’s his turn this month, and we can indulge in five films that have made von Trier a controversial and unique cinematic force.

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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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