ALWAYS SHINE — Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

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Always Shine opens with a fourth-wall breaking close-up of a threatened woman in a state of visible distress, begging the off-screen male presence not to hurt her. Moments in, it is revealed the context of this scene is a just-as-confrontational audition where the harassment the woman faces in the script blurs with her treatment by the unseen men behind the camera. Read more>>

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Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Alexandra Heller-Nicholas is a multi-award-winning film critic and author who has published nine books on cult, horror and exploitation cinema with an emphasis on gender politics, including the 2020 book ‘1000 Women in Horror, 1898-2018’ which was included on Esquire Magazine’s list of the best 125 books written about Hollywood. Alexandra is a contributing editor at Film International, a columnist at Fangoria, an Adjunct Professor at Deakin University, and a member of the advisory board of the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies (LA, NYC, London).