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

Alexandra Heller-Nicholas is an 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 whose other publications including Film International, Flicks, 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, and Alice in Wonderland in film. Alexandra is a programmer at Austin’s Fantastic Fest and an Adjunct Professor at Deakin University.