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09 May

2012


Posted by
Francesca Rudkin

The NZ International Film Festival has started to reveal some of the films that will feature in the 2012 Festival, which starts in Auckland on July 19th.



07 May

2012


Posted by
Francesca Rudkin

This week’s highlights kicks off with a dose of economics; Freakanomics (Thursday 10th May, 8.30pm) is a surprising documentary based on the book of the same name, written by economist Steven D. Levitt and journalist Stephen J. Dubner.

02 May

2012


Posted by
Francesca Rudkin

I can’t stop thinking about the Israeli documentary Precious Life which I watched recently, and is premiering on Rialto Channel tonight at 8.30pm.

30 April

2012


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Francesca Rudkin

The year sure is rolling by, and as we welcome May to the party it’s time to celebrate a new auteur in Rialto Channel’s Directors’ Showcase (Sundays, 8.30pm). This month, we’re showcasing the work of a true master of contemporary cinema, Iranian film director Abbas Kiarostami.

26 April

2012


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Francesca Rudkin

An impressive list of auteurs - all male - will head to the French Riviera this May to compete at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

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


Posted by
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


Posted by
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.

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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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