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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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No. 201, 2019: Contents
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Australian and New Zealand Cinema

Hierarchies of Horror: The Violent Refrains of Jennifer Kent's The Nightingale – Travis Johnson

Love Is in the Air: Wayne Blair's Top End Wedding and the Rom-com's New Direction – Jane Howard
Girls Behaving Badly: Love, Honour and Disobedience in Sophie Hyde's Animals – Aimee Knight
Sin City: Diaspora, Displacement and Matthew Victor Pastor's Melodrama / Random / Melbourne! – Nicholas Godfrey
Arid Visions: Reflections in the Dust, Gendered Violence and Experimental Cinema – Dave Crewe
Kiss Me Deadly: Robbie Studsor on Blowing a Burning Kiss to Film Noir – Oliver Pfeiffer

Australia on the Small Screen

A School of Fishers: Ms Fisher's Modern Murder Mysteries and the Lineage of a Franchise – Elizabeth Flux
Working-class Heroes: The ABC's The Heights and Social Stratification – Travis Johnson

Focus on Asia and the Middle East

Quiet Night Thoughts: Warped Time in Three Asian Arthouse Films – Jessica Kiang

Art as Resistance: History and the Individual in Jafar Panahi's 3 Faces – David Heslin
Moving Forward in Circles: Repetition and Reflection in Hong Sang-soo's Grass – James Robert Douglas
Things to Come: The Wandering Earth and Chinese Cinema's Growing Predominance – Mike Walsh


Seeds of Change: Damon Gameau's 2040 and Sustainable Futures – Rebekah Brammer
Destructive Pasts, Hopeful Possibilities: The Simulated Environment in Awavena and Did You Ask the River? – Kim Munro
Dying a Woman with Dignity: Becoming Colleen and Late-life Gender Transition – Cerise Howard
Hitting the Right Note: Janine Hosking's The Eulogy and the Perils of Praise – Kit MacFarlane
Setting the Record Straight: Greg Carey and Wade Jackson's Waiting: The Van Duren Story – Barnaby Smith

Critical Views

Aural Reflections: Music, Self and Objectivity in Now Sound: Melbourne's Listening and Her Sound, Her Story – Anthony Carew

The NFSA Restores Collection

Witches and Faggots, Dykes and Poofters – Gabrielle O'Brien

Industry Perspectives

A Dense Web of Relationships: How Film Culture Sustains the Screen Industries – Anne Rutherford

Regular Features

Scope: Screen Industry Views
Spending Not-so-liberally: Videogames Remain Unfunded – Dan Golding
Film Podcasting: One for the Fans – Rochelle Siemienowicz
Lego Masters: Reality TV with a Distinctly Local Flavour – Liz Giuffre