THE FAMILY — Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

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In Australia, the very words “The Family” still send tremors through those of a certain generation, associated as they are with two notorious scandals in two different states. In the first instance, it was the name given by the press to a group of pedophile killers in Adelaide who during the late 1970s and early 1980s in particular that linked a number of highly regarded professional men to a series of hideous crimes, including five murders. As of 2016, only one of the murders had been solved, and only one arrest had been made despite the speculated involvement of up to ten others. In Melbourne, however, “The Family” evokes different ghosts: a cult (headed by the beautiful, almost ethereal Anne Hamilton-Byrne), linked to a long list of alleged abuses against its members, including children. Read more>>

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Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Alexandra Heller-Nicholas is a multi award-winning film critic from Melbourne, Australia. She was an editor at Senses of Cinema from 2015 to 2018, and is a Rotten Tomatoes approved critic for ABC Radio in Australia, She has written for Film International, Diabolique Magazine, Vulture, Overland, The Big Issue and her own website, The Blue Lenses. She has written eight books on cult, horror and exploitation cinema and co-edited collections on Elaine May, Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani, Peter Strickland, and Alice in Wonderland in film. She frequently contributes commentaries, liner notes and video essays to home entertainment releases from companies such as Arrow Video, Kino Lorber, Eureka Entertainment, Second Sight and Severin Films. She is a Research Fellow at RMIT University and an Adjunct Professor at Deakin University, and a member of the advisory board of the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies (LA, NYC, London).