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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.

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No. 207, 2021: Contents
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Australian and New Zealand Cinema

Free Country: Colonial Incursions in Stephen Maxwell Johnson's High Ground – Nicholas Godfrey
Mending Fences: Animosity and Adaptation in Jeremy Sims' Rams – Barnaby Smith
Hogan's Heroes: Star Image in Dean Murphy's The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee – Jake Wilson

Elusive Connections: Ritual and Reconstruction in Jayden Stevens' A Family – Gabrielle O'Brien
Bathing in Genre: Homage and Experimentation in Parish Malfitano's Bloodshot Heart – Dave Crewe
Reflections on a Shared History: Monica Zanetti on Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie's Dead Aunt) – Stephen A Russell
Mum's Not the Word: Identity and Autonomy in Curtis Vowell's Baby Done – Mel Campbell


All at Sea: Confronting Exclusion in Ili Baré's The Leadership – Debbie Zhou
Bodies on the Line: Sally Ingleton's Wild Things and Australian Environmental Documentary – Belinda Smaill
Making Change: The Australian Women's Liberation Movement in Catherine Dwyer's Brazen Hussies – Glenn Dunks

Judge, Jury and Executioner: Voyeurism and Vigilantism in Alex Roberts and Daniel Leclair's The Meddler – Anthony Carew
Declaration of War: George Gittoes on Violence and Community Resilience in White Light – Stephen A Russell

Beyond the Big Screen

Mother's Apron Strings: Operation Buffalo and the Discomfort with Australian History – Cameron Williams

Focus on Asia and the Middle East

Uneasy Transition: The City Documented in Hong Kong Moments and Many Undulating Things – Anthony Carew

Screen Education

Cinema Science: Cracking the Code of The Matrix – Dave Crewe
Intimacy and Betrayal: A Study Guide on The Hunting – Catherine Manning
Cultural Healing: Rethinking Education in Maya Newell's In My Blood It Runs – Meg Roberts
Bearing Witness: Black Lives Matter as Media, and Mediated, Event – Steven Aoun

The NFSA Restores Collection

Bliss – Adrian Danks

Industry Perspectives

Islands in the Stream: Static Vision's Remedy for Lockdown Loneliness – Louise Sheedy

Regular Features

Scope: Screen Industry Views
As Restrictions Ease, Cinemas Struggle On Alone – Rochelle Siemienowicz
Moving Targets: Snapshots of Representation – Adolfo Aranjuez
Laughter in Lockdown: At Home Alone Together – Liz Giuffre
Uneven Playing Field: How Digital Platforms Hurt Indie Games – April Tyack