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06 August

2012


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Francesca Rudkin

As the London Olympics provides some of the most stunning backdrops to an event ever seen it seems appropriate for Rialto Channel to be screening films from a man who has made this city such a central part of his films.

02 August

2012


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Francesca Rudkin

The Ambassador is the highly entertaining new documentary from Danish filmmaker and satirist Mads Brugger. In 2007, Brugger discovered an online website that offered diplomatic posts in third world countries – for a price.  

In The Ambassador, Brugger creates an alter ego named Mads Cortzen, an eccentric wealthy Danish businessman with aspirations to make a difference in Africa by setting up a match making factory. He applies to become the Liberian Consul in the Central African Republic, and head to Africa to fulfill his dream.

Of course his real intentions are quite different. Smuggling blood diamonds and hanging out with pygmies are also on his To Do list.

The result is, well quite frankly, unbelievable. Dressed as a dapper clichéd colonial adventurer, Brugger discovers a country forgotten by the rest of the world where corruption is rife, life is hellish and anything can happen. And it does.

Brugger is visiting New Zealand as part of the NZIFF, and I had the pleasure of chatting to him about the making of his documentary.

30 July

2012


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Francesca Rudkin

Ryan Gosling is fast becoming an actor to watch, and this week he stars in a film called All Good Things (Saturday 4 August, 8.30pm), a murder mystery based on one of New York’s unsolved and most notorious missing person cases. The names of those involved have been changed, in response to objections from the families involved, so alleged serial killer Robert Durst is known as David Marks in this film and is played by Ryan Gosling.

26 July

2012


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Francesca Rudkin

New Zealand produced The Orator (O Le Tulafale) is the first feature filmed in Samoan and is the creation of writer and director Tusi Tamasese. Shot in and around villages on the island of Upolu, The Orator tells the story of Saili, a dwarf and the son of a chief who must find the courage to protect and fight for his family. It’s a moving drama about courage, forgiveness and love, and a remarkable debut from Tamasese, who kindly took the time to have a chat to us about making The Orator.

23 July

2012


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Francesca Rudkin

On the eve of the 10th anniversary of 9/11 a first time feature film director released a documentary about a football team at a mostly predominantly Muslim High School in Dearborn, Michigan. The film is called Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football and screens this week as part of our Double Exposure series on Wednesday evening. Directed and executive produced by Rashid Ghazi, a marketing guru and sports television producer, Ghazi and his wife funded the production, marketing and distribution of this film.

19 July

2012


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Francesca Rudkin

Tonight’s the night - well if you’re Auckland based it is - as The 2012 New Zealand International Film Festival kicks off with the award winning Beasts of the Southern Wild. Quite frankly, I’m excited.

16 July

2012


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Francesca Rudkin

There have been rumours social media documentary Catfish may not be as “real” as it seems, most likely by people still trying to work out if they’ve been conned by British artist Banksy's documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop. I have to admit, this intriguing and strangely compelling documentary has moments where you wonder if its three filmmakers - Ariel and Nev Schulman and Henry Joost - are already aware of how the drama will unfold.

09 July

2012


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Francesca Rudkin

How are you going with the New Zealand International Film Festival programme? How many times have you re-read the programme? Or re-worked your booking sheet?

It can be a mammoth task pulling your wish-list together - how many films you can get to in an evening, will you be able to get from the Rialto Cinema in Newmarket to the Civic Theatre in time?

So here are a couple of thoughts to help make planning less stressful.


09 July

2012


Posted by
Francesca Rudkin

It’s week two of Rialto’s Double Exposure series, where we play complementary films from the same genre on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and it provides an opportunity for English football fans to relive Italia 90, and all cricket fans to relive the pace and fury of the West Indies cricket side at the peak of their powers.

04 July

2012


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Francesca Rudkin

Vogue editor Anna Wintour is quoted as saying she always gets dressed for Bill, and you’ll want to too after watching this cinematic profile about New York Times fashion and society photographer Bill Cunningham.

While it’s clear from the documentary Bill Cunningham New York (screening Thursday 5th July, 8.30pm) that octogenarian Cunningham would prefer to remain behind rather than in front of the camera he graciously allows us into his unique private and professional world; a world fueled by his genuine passion for fashion.

The documentary, produced by Philip Gefter and directed by Richard Press also features interviews and comments from various designers, media colleagues and fashionistas including the charming Patrick McDonald, known as the Dandy of New York.

Patrick has been at the top of the fashion scene since he arrived in New York in 1978, and is regarded as a style icon and one of New York’s best dressed men. It’s no wonder then, he’s been one of Bill’s favourite subjects for over 30 years. Patrick kindly took the time to share with us some of his personal thoughts on the legendary Bill Cunningham.

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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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