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Issue 185, Winter 2015: Contents
(Click on the previews to read selected articles)

Australian and New Zealand Cinema

In the Name of the Father: Indoctrination and Revolt in Ariel Kleiman's Partisan – Adam Briggs
Blinded by Belief: Nick Matthews' One Eyed Girl – Briony Kidd
Playing Dead: Comedy, Politics and Games in Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead – Dave Hoskin
The Wild Hunt of Adolescence: Pleasure, Pain and Role Models in My Mistress – Tara Judah
Action in Motion: Toa Fraser's The Dead Lands – Sarah Ward

Australia on the Small Screen

Laughing with Us: Black Comedy and Aboriginal Humour – Alexandra Neill
Battling with Stereotypes: Maximum Choppage and Asian Representation – Elizabeth Flux
Beyond Anzacs and Larrikins: Alternative Narratives on Factual Television – Liz Giuffre
Playing Dirty: Party Tricks and Political Drama – David Crewe

Focus on Asia and the Middle East

The Sound of Silence: Culture and Culpability in Nima Javidi's Melbourne – Laurence Barber
Reeling in the Beast: The Anti-Russian, Russian Leviathan – Greg Dolgopolov
Taking the Low Road: Drugs and Destitution in Midi Z's Ice Poison – Rebekah Brammer
Breaking the Chain: Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz's Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem – Eli Glasman
Return of the Repressed: Zhang Yimou's Coming Home – Anthony Carew
Changing of the Seasons: Isao Takahata's The Tale of the Princess Kaguya – Paul Jackson


The Pixelated Frontline: Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait – Jesse Thompson
Overcoming the Border: David Fedele's The Land Between – Jasmine Crittenden
Sweet Surrender: Damon Gameau's That Sugar Film – Chloe Brien
Remembering Rod Taylor: The Trailblazer of Aussie Masculinity on Screen – Oliver Pfeiffer

Critical Views

Homeward Bound: Michael Blakemore's Australian Films – Brian McFarlane

The NFSA's Kodak/Atlab Cinema Collection

Crocodile Dundee – Jeanette Hoorn

Regular Features

Melbourne's Last Art House: A True Picture Palace – Tara Judah
Cinema-on-demand: Can It Change the Fate of Indie Films? – Lauren Carroll Harris
A Taxing Proposition: GST and Digital Game Distribution – Daniel Golding
Netflix Australia Finally Lands – Liz Giuffre
Back to Black – Siv Parker

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