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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 1963, 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 198, 2018: Contents
(Click on the previews to read selected articles)

Australian and New Zealand Cinema

A Neoliberal Spin: Management and Masculinity in Stephen McCallum's 1% – Kit MacFarlane

'Permission to Operate Independently': Upgrade and the Body-machines of Action Cinema – Mel Campbell
Fraternity Test: Watching Brothers' Nest in the Shadow of Kenny – Dave Crewe
Landing Success: Luke Sparke and Carly and Carmel Imrie on Occupation – Oliver Pfeiffer
Getting a Second Opinion: Mairi Cameron on Truth and Trickery – Elizabeth Flux
Once upon a Time in the West: Suburbia and Identity in Jason Raftopoulos' West of Sunshine – Glenn Dunks

Focus on Asia and the Middle East

Glacial Contemplations: The Meditative Films of Nuri Bilge Ceylan – Anthony Carew
Homeward Bound: The Perils of Duty and Palestinian Society in Annemarie Jacir's Wajib – Dave Crewe
Unearthly Terror: The Unconventional Horror of Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Foreboding – Emma Hough Hobbs
Peonies of Pyongyang: Women in North Korean Cinema – Julia Mayer


Lives Adrift: Julian Burnside and Judy Rymer on Border Politics – Anders Furze
Jumping Hurdles: Rehabilitation, Reconnection and Catherine Scott's BackTrack Boys – Hanna Schenkel

For Richer or Poorer: Marriage, Market Economics and Olivia Martin-McGuire's China Love – Lauren Carroll Harris
Power and the Personality: Ray Argall's Midnight Oil: 1984 – Cavan Gallagher
As Long as You Love Me: Jessica Leski's I Used to Be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story – Sarah Ward

Critical Views

Cut-up Country: The Polemics of Presentation in [Censored] and Terror Nullius – Anthony Carew

Welcome to Television: Philip Brady on In Melbourne Tonight and Australia's Early Variety Shows – Adrian Schober

The NFSA's Kodak/Atlab Cinema Collection

Monkey Grip – Brian McFarlane

Industry Perspectives

Obstacle Course: Increasing Women's Participation in Australian Film and Television – Sally Storey

Regular Features

Scope: Screen Industry Views
Surf's Up: Watching Web Series – Rochelle Siemienowicz
Stan the Man with 1 Million Subscribers – Cameron Williams
The End of an Era as Lee Lin Chin Leaves SBS – Liz Giuffre

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