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Cover Metro is a partially refereed quarterly magazine specialising in essays, articles and interviews on Australian, New Zealand and Asian features, shorts and documentaries. It also covers television, radio, animation, games and new media.

Founded in 1968, Metro is Australia's oldest film and media periodical. 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 196, 2018: Contents
(Click on the previews to read selected articles)

Australian and New Zealand Cinema

Welcome to Ugly Country: Nostalgia and Nationalism in Stephan Elliott's Swinging Safari – Dave Crewe

Musical Chairs: Perspective and 'Heavy' Humour in Ben Elton's Three Summers – Elizabeth Flux
Ties That Bind: Kriv Stenders' Australia Day and the Problems of Patriotism – Zoë Wallin
Sense and Serendipity: David Wenham's Ellipsis – Tara Judah
Stealing Time: Fatherhood, the 'Third Space' and Sam Voutas' King of Peking – Leah Jing

Focus on Asia and the Middle East

The Pain of Purity: Abuse and Collusion in Vivian Qu's Angels Wear White – Simran Hans

Salt of the Earth: Virtue and Vengeance in Mohammad Rasoulof's A Man of Integrity – Anthony Carew
Turning the Lens: Looking and Reliving in Hong Sang-soo's Claire's Camera – Dave Crewe
States of Loneliness: Proximity and Distance in On the Beach at Night Alone – David Heslin
Cutting Through the Chanbara Film: Takashi Miike's Blade of the Immortal – James Robert Douglas


Singing One's Story: Keeping Custom and Country in Westwind: Djalu's Legacy – Lauren Carroll Harris
'Don't Do It Again': Hearing, Seeing and Deep Listening in After the Apology – Aimee Knight

Changing Tides: Karina Holden's Blue, the Enviro-doc and Conservationism – Glenn Dunks
High Price Tag: Art and Absolution in Have You Seen the Listers? – Anthony Carew
Too Far North: The Self-serving Cinema Vérité of Atlantis, Iceland – Kylie Maslen
Living in America: Expression, Representation and Kate Hickey's Roller Dreams – Sarah Ward

Critical Views

The Art of Meta-morphosis: Julian Rosefeldt's Manifesto – Gabrielle O'Brien
Room to Move: Amiel Courtin-Wilson's The Silent Eye – Nicholas Godfrey
Making Waves in a Man's World: Jane Campion's Women in The Piano and Top of the Lake: China Girl – Sam van Zweden

Industry Perspectives

Against the Grain: The Documentary Sensibility of Sue Brooks' Fiction Filmmaking – Steve Thomas

Regular Features

Zero Tolerance for Screen-industry Sexual Harrassment – Rochelle Siemienowicz
Meta Essays: Critics' Choice IV at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2018 – Tara Judah
Love Is in the Airwaves – and It's Not Always Pretty – Liz Giuffre
Game of Throwns: Government Inaction on the Senate Inquiry – Dan Golding

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