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Cover Metro is a partially refereed quarterly magazine specialising in essays and articles, reviews, interviews and analysis of Australian, New Zealand and Asian features, shorts and documentaries. It also covers television, radio, animation, games and new media. Published since 1968, Metro is Australia’s oldest film and media magazine. The magazine embraces the tradition of the essay, immersing the reader in well-informed, analytical and thought-provoking discussion. It receives funding from Screen Australia, Film Victoria and Screen NSW.

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Issue 187, Summer 2016: Contents
(Click on the previews to read selected articles)

Australian and New Zealand Cinema

What Lies Beneath: Death and Masculinity in Grant Scicluna's Downriver – Laurence Barber

You Reap What You Sew: Jocelyn Moorhouse's The Dressmaker – Stephanie Van Schilt
Cinematic Sleight of Hand: Lawrence Leung and John Luc on Sucker – Elizabeth Flux
Out of the Past: Monsters, American Denialism and The Gift – Dave Hoskin
The Wrong Bum Notes: Sense and Surrealism in Elixir – Cavan Gallagher
The Challenge of Life: Paul Cox's Force of Destiny – Rose Lucas

Australia on the Small Screen

Down the Laneways: Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries and Melbourne History – Alexandra Neill
The Virtual City in The Doctor Blake Mysteries – Lesley Speed
Clicking with Audiences: Web Series and Diverse Representations – Jessica Alice

Focus on Asia and the Middle East

Die by the Sword: Hou Hsiao-hsien's The Assassin – Anthony Carew

Cinema of Dissent: Taxi, Tales and the Troubles of Modern Iran – Sarah Ward
War-torn Women: Villa Touma and the Plight of Palestine – David Crewe
Journeying Westward: Jia Zhang-Ke's Mountains May Depart – James Robert Douglas
The Art of Subversion: Luo Li's Li Wen at East Lake – Jasper Button


Culture, Interrupted: Molly Reynolds' Another Country – Fiona Trigg
Beautiful Women and No Mirrors: Gillian Armstrong's Women He's Undressed – Mel Campbell
Exposing the Enigma: Richard Lowenstein and Lynn-Maree Milburn's Ecco Homo – Glenn Dunks
Reframing Refugees: Steve Thomas' Freedom Stories – Jasmine Crittenden

Industry Perspectives

Queer Controversy: Roger Ward and Sean Myers on The Set – Oliver Pfeiffer

The NFSA's Kodak/Atlab Cinema Collection

Wrong Side of the Road – Keith Beattie

Regular Features

Book Reviews
The Films of John Hughes by John Cumming – Paul Davies
Australian Comedy Films of the 1930s by Lesley Speed – Marilyn Tofler

Ozflix: Every Australian Film, Ever, Online? – Lauren Carroll Harris
Breathing New Life into Cinema: Interactivity at Film Festivals – Glenn Dunks
What's in a Name: Margaret Pomeranz Presents the Hollywood Retro Film Festival – Tara Judah
Election Spills in the Time of Twitter – Liz Giuffre

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