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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.

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No. 208, 2021: Contents
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Regular Features

Scope: Screen Industry Views
Brave New Sector: An Industry Adapts – Rochelle Siemienowicz
Second Time Lucky? Australian Games Studios in Periods of Crisis – April Tyack
COVID-19 and the Future of Music Television – Liz Giuffre

Australian and New Zealand Cinema

'The Stars Are All Strange Here': Cultural Memory and Forgetfulness in Roderick MacKay's The Furnace – Jessica Kiang
Dry Fidelity: Robert Connolly's The Dry and Big-screen Adaptation – Mel Campbell
Bird's-eye View: Glendyn Ivin on Chance and Nature in Penguin Bloom – Jasmine Crittenden
Out of Breath: Timely Issues and Old Gender Tropes in Seth Larney's 2067 – Bronwyn Lovell
Shooting for the Stars: Luke Sparke's Occupation: Rainfall and the Elusive Australian Blockbuster – David Michael Brown
Rocky Road: Running from Responsibility in Kurt Martin's Moon Rock for Monday – Thomas Redwood


A Light in the Dark: Nel Minchin on Firestarter – The Story of Bangarra – Stephen A Russell

The View from the Shore: Healing Through Songline in Steven McGregor's Looky Looky Here Comes Cooky – Rebekah Brammer
Hip-hop of a Different Hue: Cultural Appreciation and Identification in Oscar Kightley's Dawn Raid – CJ Johnson
Australian Spirit: Love and Country Music in Kriv Stenders' Slim & I – Barnaby Smith
Climate of Resignation: Unquiet Adolescence in Kathy Drayton's The Weather Diaries – Travis Johnson

Beyond the Big Screen

Muted Suffering: Myopia and Missed Opportunities in Stateless – Dave Crewe

Focus on Asia and the Middle East

Confinement and Camaraderie: Girls Behind Bars in Starless Dreams and Sunless Shadows – Anthony Carew
Artificial Rain: Control, Precision and Reality in Anthony Chen's Wet Season – Kenta McGrath

Screen Education

Cinema Science: Aerodynamic Instruction and Paper Planes – Dave Crewe
Breaking the Spell: Nostalgia and New Directions in Earwig and the Witch – Anthony Carew
Time of Transition: First Day and Being Seen on Screen – Steven Aoun

Frozen Hearts: Coming of Age in Somersault – Jarrod Sturnieks

Critical Views

Outback Ethnography: Revisiting Fred Zinnemann's The Sundowners – Neil Sinyard

The NFSA Restores Collection

Flirting – Danica van de Velde

Letter to the Editor

A Response to 'History Is Never Finished: Trauma, Revolution and Reconciliation in Peter Hegedus' Lili' – Peter Hegedus