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Issue 184, Autumn 2015: Contents
(Click on the previews to read selected articles)

Australian and New Zealand Cinema

Taking the Plunge: Russell Crowe's The Water Diviner – Brian McFarlane
Special Delivery: Tony Mahony and Angus Sampson's The Mule – David Crewe
A Chequered History: Maori Identity in The Dark Horse – Susan Bye
Revenge of the Cheese Grater: Housebound and the Domestic Horror-Comedy – Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
Forging New Lives: Ian Pringle's The Legend Maker – Dave Hoskin

Australia and New Zealand on the Small Screen

A Universal Malfunction: Technology and Humanity in The Code – Cavan Gallagher
A Thousand Lives Together: Soul Mates – Elizabeth Flux
Changing Minds: The ABC's Mental As Campaign – Liz Giuffre

Focus on Asia and the Middle East

Technicolour Noir: Diao Yinan's Black Coal, Thin Ice – Anthony Carew
Animalistic Depravity: Takashi Miike's The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji – Alicia Lewis
Winter of Discontent: The Pensive Theatre of Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Winter Sleep – Gabrielle O'Brien

Movies Making Myths: Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter – Sarah Ward
Playing the Victim: Lee Su-jin's Han Gong-ju – Jasper Button


Refracting Ramingining: Still Our Country Reflections on a Culture – Laurence Barber
Seeing Afghanistan with New Eyes: Love Marriage in Kabul – Emily Laidlaw
B-grade Buffet: Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films – Tara Judah

Critical Views

The Eyes of a Child: Coming of Age in Whale Rider, Boy and Shopping – Jasmine Crittenden

Post-apocalypse Now: Australia as Cinema's Dystopia – Glenn Dunks
Actors and Heroes: My Brother Jack and World War I on Television – Anne Pender

The NFSA's Kodak/Atlab Cinema Collection

Jedda – Rose Lucas

Industry Perspectives

The Hollywood Invasion: Foreign Actors in Australian Films – Lee Zachariah
Capturing Romance: Jim Lounsbury and Behren Schulz on Love Is Now – Oliver Pfeiffer

Regular Features

Beyond the Blame Game – Glenn Dunks
Place Your Bets: Unknown Odds at the 2014 Screen Forever Conference – Tara Judah
Going It Alone Online: DIY Digital Distribution Platforms – Lauren Carroll Harris
Awards Show How the Media Sees Itself – Liz Giuffre
The Road to Game Success – Daniel Golding
Access from the Margins: The Other Film Festival 2014 – Tim Kroenert

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