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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 197, 2018: Contents
(Click on the previews to read selected articles)

Australian and New Zealand Cinema

Muddied Waters: Risk and Reflection in Simon Baker's Breath – Dave Crewe
Heavy Here and Now: Alena Lodkina's Strange Colours – Adrian Martin

Burning Down the House: Winchester and the Truth About Ghosts – Elizabeth Flux
Rebel on the Screen: Mike Retter on Youth on the March – Anthony Nocera

Australia on the Small Screen

Recurring Nightmares: Dark Australian Classics Reimagined – Stephen A Russell
Pride in Protest: The ABC's Riot and the Birth of Mardi Gras – Glenn Dunks
Tip of the Landfill: The ABC's War on Waste – Sam van Zweden
Mirth and Malady: Homecoming Queens and Depicting Chronic Illness – Kylie Maslen

Focus on Asia and the Middle East

Dance of Despair: Israel, Trauma and Samuel Maoz's Foxtrot – Anthony Carew
It's Still Life: Abbas Kiarostami's 24 Frames – James Robert Douglas
Representing Resistance: Ayse Toprak's Mr Gay Syria and LGBTQIA+ Rights – Gabrielle O'Brien


Obstructed Progress: Ai Weiwei's Human Flow and the Global Refugee Crisis – Hanna Schenkel
Echoes of Tradition: Paul Williams' Elegy for Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu – Felicity Ford

Creation in the Cutting Room: Jill Bilcock on the Art of Editing – Oliver Pfeiffer
Portrait of a Man Condemned: Matthew Sleeth's Guilty – Sarah Ward
Colonial Inquest: Les McLaren and Annie Stiven's Life Is a Very Strange Thing – John Catania

The NFSA's Kodak/Atlab Cinema Collection

Storm Boy – Terry Hayes

Critical Views

Landscape of Silence: Sound Design in the Films of Warwick Thornton – Eloise Ross
Freaky Farmers and Sick Flocks: The Locals and Black Sheep – Louise Lavery

Industry Perspectives

Seeing Double: ABC Comedy and SBS Viceland – Cameron Williams

Regular Features

Stand-up on the Small Screen – Liz Giuffre
Full Stream Ahead Against Piracy – Glenn Dunks
Labour of Love: Unionisation in the Videogames Industry – Dan Golding
Smashing Barriers to Entry: Screen Australia's Drama-development Funding Overhaul – Rochelle Siemienowicz

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