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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.

Published since 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 194, 2017: Contents
(Click on the previews to read selected articles)

Australian and New Zealand Cinema

Not So Wedded to Tradition: Ali's Wedding, the 'Ethnic Rom-com' and Realistic Representation – Sheree Joseph

The Complexities of Confinement: Gender, Abuse and Cate Shortland's Berlin Syndrome – Glenn Dunks
Silent Scars: Seeking Restitution in Tori Garrett's Don't Tell – Brian McFarlane
Live Performance: Acting and Adaptation in Alison Maclean's The Rehearsal – Anthony Carew
Raising the Barre: Dance Academy on the Small and Silver Screen – Alexandra Neill
Double Trouble: Alice Foulcher and Gregory Erdstein on That's Not Me – Rebecca Varcoe

Australia on the Small Screen

Glitched Visions: Challenging Australian Cultural and Televisual Conventions – Alexander Bennetts
Perspective Shifts: Guilt and Grief in the ABC's Seven Types of Ambiguity – Jane Howard
Dinner Conversations: SBS's The Chefs' Line and Cultural Authenticity in Food Programming – Sonia Nair

Focus on Asia and the Middle East

Generic Interventions: Tropes and Topicality in the Films of Bong Joon-ho – Anthony Carew

Conflict in Representation: Hussein Hassan's The Dark Wind and the Plight of the Yazidis – David Crewe
Past Refractions: Anocha Suwichakornpong's By the Time It Gets Dark – Laurence Barber
Stark Lives, Stark Lens: Restlessness and Realism in Brillante Mendoza's Ma' Rosa – Sarah Ward


Untrustworthy Images, Disguised Fictions: Kitty Green's Casting JonBenet – Jesse Thompson

Forged by Fire: Food, Family and Culture in Matthew Salleh's Barbecue – Sam van Zweden
Darkness Calls: Robert Nugent's Night Parrot Stories and Contemporary Documentary Making – Lauren Carroll Harris
Portrait of the Artist: Sue Clothier Discusses James Bogle's Whiteley – Jasmine Crittenden
PACmentality: Luke Walker on American Politics and Observational Documentary – Elizabeth Flux

Critical Views

Hearts Adrift: Revisiting Gillian Armstrong's High Tide – Suzie Gibson and Dean Biron
Her Brilliant Career: Gillian Armstrong on the Australian Screen Then and Now – Ella Donald

The NFSA's Kodak/Atlab Cinema Collection

The Man from Snowy River – Dan Golding

Regular Features

The Quota Quandary for Australian Television – Rochelle Siemienowicz
Understanding Viral Video with Video Junkee 2017 – Liz Giuffre
Glass Half Full: Women in Games and the Code Breakers Exhibition – Dan Golding
'Look Around' Viewing: Virtual Reality at the Sydney Film Festival 2017 – Liam Branagan

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