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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 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 195, 2018: Contents
(Click on the previews to read selected articles)

Spotlight on Genre Film

Bad Blood and Bitterness: Colonisation and the Western in Warwick Thornton's Sweet Country – Nicholas Godfrey

What Will You Do with Your OtherLife?: Sci-fi, Subjectivity and Technology – Mel Campbell

Outback Outbreak: Yolanda Ramke and Ben Howling on Cargo and the Zombie Film – Briony Kidd
Blood Feuds and Bloodlands: Steven Kastrissios' Albanian Horror-Fantasy – Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
Boys Will Be Boys: Horror Tropes and Male Privilege in Chris Peckover's Better Watch Out – Kate Robertson
Seeing Double: Cinematic Twins in Rabbit and That's Not Me – Gabrielle O'Brien
Sci-fi on a Shoestring: Ché Baker and Sarah Mason on Blue World Order – Oliver Pfeiffer
Into the Light: Alex Proyas' Dark City Two Decades On – John Catania
Lost in the Woods: Greg McLean's Jungle – Glenn Dunks

Australia on the Small Screen

Swapping Goats for Snakes: Australian Survivor, Narrative Complexity and Audience Expectations – Stuart Richards

Scars of Empathy: The ABC's Pulse and the Medical Drama – Kylie Maslen

Focus on Asia and the Middle East

Making Peace: Resignation, the Road Movie and Kirsten Tan's Pop Aye – David Crewe
Inside and Out: Afghan Life in Shahrbanoo Sadat's Wolf and Sheep – Sarah Ward
Flight of Fancy: Falconry, Affluence and Yuri Ancarani's The Challenge – Anthony Carew


Songlines on Screen: Naina Sen's The Song Keepers and Aboriginal Histories – Felicity Ford
A Story of Man and Country: Sera Davies' Namatjira Project – Thomas Redwood
Ghost House: Rewriting the 'Haunted' Narrative in Florian Habicht's Spookers – Stephen A Russell
Life Laid Bare: Sascha Ettinger Epstein's The Pink House and the Sex Industry – Lauren Carroll Harris
Band Apart: Music, Memory and Kriv Stenders' The Go-Betweens – Jasmine Crittenden

The NFSA's Kodak/Atlab Cinema Collection

The Picture Show Man – Adrian Danks

Industry Perspectives

The Streaming Arms Race: Original VOD Programming in Australia – Cameron Williams
Picture Partnership: Co-productions and the Australian Screen Industries – Tim Bosanquet

Regular Features

Critical Failure: The ABC's Screen Time – Rochelle Siemienowicz
Artistic Crisis: The 2017 Melbourne International Film Festival Critics Campus – Tara Judah
The Return of Countdown: Remembering Australia's Music Diversity – Liz Giuffre
Hitting the Right Targets – Dan Golding

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