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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 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 190, Spring 2016: Contents
(Click on the previews to read selected articles)

Australian and New Zealand Cinema

Balancing Acts: Ivan Sen's Goldstone and Outback Noir – Greg Dolgopolov
On the Right Trek: Taika Waititi's Hunt for the Wilderpeople and New Zealand Film – Elizabeth Flux
Lingering Spectres: Michael Petroni's Backtrack – Laurence Barber
Dreaming of a Red Christmas: Craig Anderson on Australian Horror – Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
Boy, Interrupted: Teenage Kicks and Queer Authenticity – Glenn Dunks

Australia on the Small Screen

No Spandex Required: Cleverman, Indigenous Stories and the New Superhero – Cavan Gallagher

Portraying Peril: The ABC's Tomorrow When the War Began – Emily Laidlaw

Focus on Asia and the Middle East

Cinema After Cinema: Filipino Director Lav Diaz and His Independence – Gabrielle Finnane
At Death's Door: Boo Junfeng's Apprentice and Capital Punishment in Singapore – Nicholas Godfrey
Sleepless in Saudi: Mahmoud Sabbagh's Barakah Meets Barakah and the Romantic Comedy – Anthony Carew
Already Too Late / Not Too Late: Ten Years' Perspectives on Near-future Hong Kong – David Crewe
Pop and Politics: Hany Abu-Assad's The Idol and the Pitfalls of the Biopic – Rebekah Brammer


Bloody Un-Australian: Eva Orner's Chasing Asylum – Hanna Schenkel

Champion of the Self: Sport, Health and Acceptance in Destination Arnold – Jasmine Crittenden
Embodying Impact: Embrace and Positive Body Image – Julia Scott-Stevenson
Tension and Harmony: Scott Hicks' Highly Strung – Brian Yatman

Critical Views

Welcoming Intercourse: Luke Warm Sex and the Importance of Sexual Discourse – Greta Parry
Winning Someone's Heart: The Bachelor, Reality Dating and the Gamification of Love – Jessica Alice

Island Swag: Born to Dance, New Zealand Hip-hop and the Dance Film – Jessica Friedmann

The NFSA's Kodak/Atlab Cinema Collection

Palm Beach – Jake Wilson

Industry Perspectives

Convergent Communities: The 2016 Screen Futures Summit – Mel Campbell

Regular Features

Genre Is Big Business on the Small Screen – Glenn Dunks
Infotainment: When News Needs a Spoonful of Sugar – Liz Giuffre
Stuck in Traffic: Funding Accessibility for First-time Feature Filmmakers – Tara Judah
Gotta (Publicly) Catch 'Em All: Pokémon GO – Daniel Golding
The Future Is Now: Melbourne WebFest 2016 – Chloe Brien

Film Victoria Screen Australia Screen NSW