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No. 209, 2021: Contents
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Regular Features

Scope: Screen Industry Views
After the Lockdowns, Is TV Still Reminding Us of What We Needed? – Liz Giuffre
Australia Unfiltered: Local Shows Get Their Moment in the Sun – Cameron Williams
Hitting the Ceiling: Barriers to Growth in the Australian Games Industry – April Tyack

Australian and New Zealand Cinema

Caught on Camera: Surveillance and Abstraction in Jonathan Ogilvie's Lone Wolf – Jake Wilson
Rays of Desire: Queer Time in Katie Found's My First Summer – Louise Sheedy

Life on Fast Forward: Mortality and Regret in Josh Lawson's Long Story Short – Travis Johnson
Hidden Forces: Childhood, Commerce and Cost in Granaz Moussavi's When Pomegranates Howl – Kit MacFarlane
Fragmented Feelings: Matthew Victor Pastor's The Neon Across the Ocean – Nicholas Godfrey


Swimming Through Time: Sally Aitken on Playing with Sharks: The Valerie Taylor Story – Oliver Pfeiffer
Breaking the Waves: Defeating Discrimination in Christopher Nelius' Girls Can't Surf – Greta Parry
For Whom the Bell Tolls: Cathy Henkel and Sam Lara on Saying Goodbye in Laura's Choice – Stephen A Russell

Creativity in Confinement: Artistic Expression as Redemption in Alex Siddons' The Art of Incarceration – Rebekah Brammer
One Final Bow: An Actor Reflects in Molly Reynolds' My Name Is Gulpilil – Kath Dooley

Beyond the Big Screen

Flies on the Locker-room Walls: The Managed Candour of Making Their Mark – Kenta McGrath

Focus on Asia and the Middle East

Women on the Verge: Haifaa Al Mansour's The Perfect Candidate – Anthony Carew
Fragments and Textures: Memory and the City in Zheng Lu Xinyuan's The Cloud in Her Room – Danica van de Velde

Screen Education

Cinema Science: Deconstructing the Machinery of the Matrix Films – Dave Crewe
Trapped in the Web: Untangling The Social Dilemma – Nadine Whitney
Borrowed Time: The Life and Death of the Video Store – Gabrielle O'Brien
Documenting the Self: Art, Celebrity and Storytelling in 20,000 Days on Earth – Anthony Carew

Critical Views

At the Threshold of Revival: Australian Cinema and the Moment of 2000 Weeks – Peter Galvin

The NFSA Restores Collection

The Sentimental Bloke – Barnaby Smith

Industry Perspectives

Out of the Frying Pan: Screen Australia and the Producer Offset – Glenda Hambly