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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 200, 2019: Contents
(Click on the previews to read selected articles)

Special Feature: Metro Hits 200

A Fetching Achievement – Adolfo Aranjuez

The Past Is a Foreign Country – Peter Tapp
In the Beginning, There Was Film Appreciation – Kevin Adams
Metro in the 1970s – Peter Hamilton
A Brief History of Metro – Wayne Levy
The Bridge – Lisa French
Letter from the Editors – Greta Parry

Indigenous Representations on Screen and in Print – Greg Dolgopolov
Classic Takes: The NFSA Essays – Brian McFarlane
The Changing Face of Genre – Oliver Pfeiffer
Old Journal, New Media – Dan Golding
Sydney and the Small Screen – Liz Giuffre
Penning with Pride: Queer Coverage – Glenn Dunks

Advocacy Meets Analysis: Metro and Documentary – Hanna Schenkel
Three Paths to Asian Cinema – Mike Walsh
Melbourne Plays Itself – Anthony Carew
The Reel South: Adelaide and Metro – Nicholas Godfrey
Enabling a Screen Ecology – Andrew Pike

Australian and New Zealand Cinema

Terror, Tragedy, Truth: Anthony Maras' Hotel Mumbai – Felicity Ford
Breaching Bounds: The Confronting Body in Miranda Nation's Undertow – Elizabeth Flux
Bird's-eye View: Childhood, Grief and Community in Emu Runner – Aimee Knight

Tearing Out a New Leaf: Book Week and the Unlikeable Protagonist – Mel Campbell
In the Crease: Self-referential Storytelling in Ted Wilson's Under the Cover of Cloud – Leah Jing

Australia on the Small Screen

The Parochial Fantastic: Australian Television Fantasy in Bloom and Tidelands – Travis Johnson
Crooked Histories: Underbelly and Australian Self-mythologisation – Dave Crewe

Focus on Asia and the Middle East

Quiet Rage: The Fire and Finesse of Lee Chang-dong's Cinema – Anthony Carew

Darkness in the Spotlight: Binaries and Brutality in Zhang Yimou's Shadow – Debbie Zhou
Film à la Mode: Juxtaposing East and West in Yellow Is Forbidden – Rebekah Brammer


The Cost of Country: Capital and Ownership in Undermined: Tales from the Kimberley – Rochelle Siemienowicz

Home on the Rocks: Blue Lucine on Displacement and The Eviction – Jasmine Crittenden
Age of Acceptance: Community and Inclusion in Sue Thomson's The Coming Back Out Ball Movie – Stephen A Russell
Rhetoric and Reminiscence: Graham Freudenberg, Political Memory and The Scribe – Anders Furze
Greener Pastures: Tradition and Modernity in Grace McKenzie's In the Land of Wolves – Gabrielle O'Brien

Critical Views

Cinema for Claustrophiles: Virtual Reality at the Adelaide Film Festival and Beyond – Kit MacFarlane
Other Voices: Grace, Who Waits Alone and New Australian Underground Cinema – David Heslin

The NFSA Restores Collection

Proof – Rose Lucas

Film Victoria Screen Australia Screen NSW