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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 continually published 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 179, Summer 2014: Contents
(Click on the previews to read selected articles)

Australian and New Zealand Cinema

Lost Children: The Weight of Elephants – Myke Bartlett
Cinema’s About-turn: Tim Winton’s The Turning – Tara Judah
Much Adore about Nothing: Anne Fontaine’s Adoration – Glenn Dunks
The End Has No End: These Final Hours – Briony Kidd
Turning on Reality: An Interview with Alex Munt – Ashleigh Synnott

Australia and New Zealand on the Small Screen

Smashing the Glass Floor: The Feminism of twentysomething – Magdalena Wozniak
Writing Wrongs: Mr & Mrs Murder and the Crime Genre – Elizabeth Flux
Off-beat: SBS Music Programming – Sarah Keith and Liz Giuffre

Focus on Asia and the Middle East

All This Bloodshed: A Touch of Sin – Nicholas Godfrey
Ilo Ilo and the Eternal Change – Sarah Ward
Holding Your Peace: Dror Moreh’s The Gatekeepers – Jasmine Crittenden
Global Panorama: The Iranian Film Festival Australia and the OzAsia Festival 2013 – Nicholas Godfrey


The Heart of the Desert: Lasseter’s Bones – Liam Pieper
A Unique History of Dissent: Persons of Interest – Julia Scott-Stevenson
The Truth is Out There: We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks – Bianca-Olivia Nita
Band of Brothers: Cosmic Psychos: Blokes You Can Trust – Anthony Carew

Critical Views

A Tale of Two Audiences: Migrants, Multiculturalism and Melodrama in Gossip Nation – Alice Burgin
Accessible Popular Fantasy: The Railway Man and Australian World War II Films – Ronan MacEwan
Digitise or Perish: Unlocking Cultural Memory Online – Mel Campbell

The NFSA’s Kodak/Atlab Cinema Collection

David Williamson’s The Club – Ben Goldsmith

Industry Perspectives

Playing Space: Freeplay Independent Games Festival 2013 – Daniel Golding
Speaking for the Dead: An Interview with Stephen Coates and Kelly Dolen – Michael Clarkin

Regular Features

Book Reviews
Watching Films edited by Albert Moran and Karina Aveyard – Denny Lawrence
Selective Memory by Sue Milliken – Ronan MacEwan


Conflicted Lives: The AICE Israeli Film Festival 2013 – Jasmine Crittenden
Closed Curtains, Cocktails and the Anti-Multiplex Experience – Tara Judah
Adding New Players – Paul Callaghan
Deep Cuts – Russell Edwards
Netflix: New Media in New Spaces – Liz Giuffre

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