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No. 206, 2020: Contents
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Australian and New Zealand Cinema

Alone Together: Gregor Jordan on Adapting the Intangible in Dirt Music – Stephen A Russell
House of Horrors: Ageing and Loss in Natalie Erika James' Relic – Josh Nelson
Performance, Transgression and Transformation: Angie Black's The Five Provocations – Gabrielle O'Brien
All You Can Be: Self-actualisation, Self-acceptance and Disability in Paul Barakat's Kairos – Hanna Schenkel
Aussie Mayhem: Judd Tilyard on Jesse O'Brien's Two Heads Creek – Oliver Pfeiffer


Sounds of Loss: Time and Displacement in Allison Chhorn's The Plastic House – Susan Bye

Forever Young: Music and Mystery in Sam Zubrycki's Miguelito: Canto a Borinquen – Jasmine Crittenden
Singing from the Rooftops: Art, Ambition and Hometown Pride in Liselle Mei's Love Opera – Rebekah Brammer
Making Visible: Out Here, Love Bites and LGBTQIA+ Documentary on the Small Screen – Kim Munro

Beyond the Big Screen

Sweet, Sour and Spicy Country: Isolation as Performance in The Beach – Kenta McGrath
Signs and Wonders: Bringing The Luminaries to Screen – Anthony Carew

Hidden Idols and Clued-in Contenders: The Evolution of Australian Survivor – Dave Crewe
'Rummaging Through the Rubble': Creative Restraints in Prototype's Rapid-response Care Package – Kim Munro

Focus on Asia and the Middle East

Laughter Through Tears: Palestine and Self-portraiture in the Films of Elia Suleiman – Anthony Carew
Indeterminate Past: Death, Regret and Time Travel in Mattie Do's The Long Walk – Kate Robertson

Screen Education

Cinema Science: Picking Up the Frequencies of The Dish – Dave Crewe
Counterfeit Images: A History of Blackface on Australian Television – Stephen Vagg
Pandemic Paradox: Navigating Technology in the Time of COVID-19 – Steven Aoun

Critical Views

'The Show Must Go On': Transgression and the Carnivalesque in Moulin Rouge! – Adolfo Aranjuez

The NFSA Restores Collection

The Cheaters – Ina Bertrand

Regular Features

Scope: Screen Industry Views
The Winter of Our Discontent: Australian Cinema Under Lockdown – Rochelle Siemienowicz
Infectious Scrolling: Social Media, Mental Health and COVID-19 – Adolfo Aranjuez
Belonging and Representation: The 2020 Freeplay Games Festival – April Tyack
When Live Venues Become Screen Hubs: The Sydney Opera House Goes Online – Liz Giuffre