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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 199, 2019: Contents
(Click on the previews to read selected articles)

Australian and New Zealand Cinema

The Pelican Brief: The Shallow Reflections of Shawn Seet's Storm Boy – Jake Wilson

Dark Dresses, Problematic Pleasures: Mobility and Nostalgia in Bruce Beresford's Ladies in Black – Mel Campbell
Paint and Suffering: The Delicate Art of Acute Misfortune – Elizabeth Flux
On Song: Navigating the Past in Ben Hackworth's Celeste – Stephen A Russell
Redemption, Restoration, Reclamation: Benjamin Gilmour on Jirga – Sarah Ward
Different Ball Game: Damian Callinan on Sport, Community and The Merger – Kylie Maslen

Australia on the Small Screen

Trauma Tourism: The Complicated Comedy of Hannah Gadsby's Nanette – Fury
Tough Chick: Bad Cops and Difficult Women in SBS's Dead Lucky – Aimee Knight
Hard Pill to Swallow: Vitamania and the Science Behind Supplements – Matilda Dixon-Smith

Focus on Asia and the Middle East

Communal Complicity: Family and Fairness in Hirokazu Koreeda's Shoplifters and The Third Murder – Anthony Carew
Sibling Reverie: Growth and Interdependence in Mamoru Hosoda's Mirai – Dave Crewe
Ashes of Time, Rivers of Return: Jia Zhang-Ke's Ash Is Purest White – Nicholas Godfrey


Heading for Deep Water: Interrogating Detention in Gabrielle Brady's Island of the Hungry Ghosts – Anthony Carew
In Search of Sanctuary: Refugee Realities in Robyn Hughan's Journey Beyond Fear – Thomas Redwood
Howls from the Underground: Persecution, Protest Music and Travis Beard's RocKabul – Lauren Carroll Harris
Stirring Up Spectres: Ben Lawrence's Ghosthunter and the Documentarian's Duty of Care – Hanna Schenkel
Giving Time: Richard Todd's Dying to Live and Organ Donation – Jasmine Crittenden

Critical Views

The Sense of Being Somewhere: Mind at War, Thalu: Dreamtime Is Now and the Rise of Virtual Reality – Kim Munro
Keeping Country Alive: Dreaming, Decolonisation and the Karrabing Film Collective – Gabrielle O'Brien

The NFSA Restores Collection

Shame – Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Regular Features

Scope: Screen Industry Views
Screen Forever Creche Is a Game Changer – Cameron Williams
Honey, I Hid the Kids! Caring for Professional Parents – Rochelle Siemienowicz
Battling the Boss: Against Games-industry Exploitation – Dan Golding
Strayan Sounds and Sights on the International Screen – Liz Giuffre

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