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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 191, Summer 2017: Contents
(Click on the previews to read selected articles)

Australian and New Zealand Cinema

Dream Sequence: Rosemary Myers' Girl Asleep and Cinematic Coming of Age – Elizabeth Flux

Down and Out for Down Under: Critiquing Abe Forsythe's Satire – Mehal Krayem
Fight for Survival: Damien Power's Killing Ground and Horror Success – Glenn Dunks
The Great Southern Creature Feature: Luke Sparke's Red Billabong – Emma Westwood
Pushing Boundaries: Stephen Sewell on Embedded and Erotica on Screen – Oliver Pfeiffer

Australia on the Small Screen

Fish in and Out of Water: The Embodied Erotics of Class and Sport in Barracuda – Dion Kagan

Dark Heart of the Island: The Kettering Incident's Tasmanian Gothic Fairytale – Emily Bullock

Focus on Asia and the Middle East

Visionary Violence: Park Chan-wook's Inimitable Style – Anthony Carew
Seeing and Believing: Na Hong-jin's The Wailing – James Robert Douglas

Ghosts of Industry: Development and Displacement in Zhang Hanyi's Life After Life – Nicholas Godfrey
Speak of the Wolf and You Will See Its Teeth: Pema Tseden's Tharlo – Sarah Ward
Coming in: Culture and Repression in Andrew Ahn's Spa Night – Laurence Barber
Forms of Charity: Gender and Generosity in Vahid Jalilvand's Wednesday, May 9 – David Crewe


Haunted by Questions Unanswered: Rosie Jones' The Family – Hanna Schenkel
Women's Work: Respect and Remoteness in Pete Gleeson's Hotel Coolgardie – Lauren Carroll Harris
The Personal Is Political: Rap, Representation and Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami's Sonita – Gabrielle O'Brien
Blossoming in Time: Art and Age in Rohan Spong's Winter at Westbeth – Eloise Ross
Touching a Nerve: David Farrier and Dylan Reeve's Tickled – Julia Scott-Stevenson

The NFSA's Kodak/Atlab Cinema Collection

Alvin Purple – Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Industry Perspectives

Press Play for Learning: Exploring New Screen Frontiers in Education – Duncan Imberger

Regular Features

Book Reviews
There's a Fax from Bruce by Bruce Beresford and Sue Milliken – Rose Lucas
The Unusual Suspects by Antony I Ginnane – Tessa Chudy

Comedy in the New World Order – Liz Giuffre
Niche Cinema and the Festivalisation of Genre and Ideology – Tara Judah
Playing with Fire: How Money Mars Games – Daniel Golding

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