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Metro No. 200

Independent, outspoken and often polemical, Metro features writing by some of the region's foremost academics and critics, providing readers with comprehensive coverage of Australian, New Zealand, Asian, and Pacific screen industries. Combining a wide range of topics and disciplines, Metro offers a unique blend of in-depth scholarship and popular writing, perfectly capturing key trends and developments in screen culture.

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7 min
a fetching achievement

ADOLFO ARANJUEZ Editor, Metro (2013–present) I could talk about Metro. Except I’ve commissioned seventeen stellar contributors to do just that, so, instead, let me tell you about the person currently responsible for putting it together. One of the first things I did when I landed the Metro editorship was attempt, with my nervous newbie energy and infinite nerdiness, to make sense of the magnitude of Metro’s history. On the publishing side, its style guide – a key document for those of us in the business of editing – was expansive and laden with precedent, but also littered with inconsistency. I set about not just memorising this document but revamping it, and, within my first month, and with input from then–Screen Education editor Greta Parry (who was also my subeditor – and I, hers…

5 min
the past is a foreign country

PETER TAPP Editor, Metro (1988–1998) Managing Editor, ATOM (1998–present) I was offered the job of editing and running Metro in late 1988, originally for just two to three days a week. At the time, I was working at Cinema Papers as joint editor with Philippa Hawker. Prior to that, I had edited and published Filmviews magazine, and worked in distribution at the Australian Film Institute (AFI) and at the State Film Centre of Victoria. The Metro offer was interesting. I had always been passionate about film and media education. Metro was an established, well-produced and respected publication with an engaged readership of Victorian media teachers. I saw the potential to build a wider readership and increase the use of Australian films in education, so I took the job. I then approached a number…

4 min
in the beginning, there was film appreciation

KEVIN ADAMS President, ATFA/ATFAV (1972–1975) Committee member, ATFA/ATFAV (1965–1978) Our beloved teaching association didn’t really take off until the Association of Teachers of Film Appreciation (ATFA), founded in 1963, became the Association of Teachers of Film and Video (ATFAV) in 1974 and Metro in its current form was born. ATOM – first as Association for the Teachers of Media from 1978, then Australian Teachers of Media from 1981 – came about not long after. During my time (including my turn as committee president from 1972 to 1975, after which I was awarded a life membership), I saw it change from a largely film-appreciation-oriented group to a platform that included a wide range of media formats and a diverse range of teachers. In 1974, we had an extraordinary general meeting at the Trak Cinema…

4 min
metro in the 1970s

PETER HAMILTON Editor, Metro (1977–1981) ‘Whitlam!’ That’s the one word that best captures Metro’s journey in the 1970s. When I first met Metro in 1973 – before it was even officially known as Metro – it was a roneoed newsletter created by a handful of passionate teachers who shared overlapping, twin goals: promoting cinema studies and super 8 filmmaking in the classroom. A demographic tidal wave was about to lift their efforts into a widely supported educational movement. Baby boomers were just beginning to graduate into employment as teachers; we had come of age opposing the Vietnam War, and many of us were pressing hard for social change, starting in the schools. Gough Whitlam’s newly elected government had pulled Australia’s forces out of Vietnam, and radical reform of our schooling system enjoyed backing…

5 min
a brief history of metro

WAYNE LEVY Committee member, ATFAV This excerpt has been reprinted from Metro’s 100th issue (Summer 1995) with minor adjustments. In memory of Wayne Levy (1944–2003). Little did a small group of educators / film enthusiasts sitting around drinking coffee in Ed Schefferle’s office at the State Film Centre in 1963 imagine that the Association of Teachers of Film Appreciation (ATFA) quarterly newsletter we were planning would still be published and read thirty years down the track. A roneoed publication of eighteen pages was surreptitiously printed and distributed by Schefferle as a ‘semi-official’ SFC publication. The newsletter was mostly written and edited by John Murray from Coburg Teachers’ College […] I was a student teacher at Mercer House Teachers’ College. Being deaf in on ear, I couldn’t get a studentship to Coburg Teachers’ College and one…

3 min
the bridge

LISA FRENCH (RMIT UNIVERSITY) Associate Editor, Metro (2010–present) Contributor, Metro (1997–present) Reaching deeply into both academia and industry, Metro has been a bridge between the two for more than fifty years. It provides a unique and extremely important cultural record that, since 1963, has authoritatively documented the shifts and changes in Australian screen culture (which includes all the activities in the sector from production, exhibition and distribution through to critical commentary and industry perspectives). I first encountered Metro when I was a media student at Rusden State College. My lecturer, Peter Greenaway, was centrally involved in ATOM. He was the most significant figure in media education in Australia, and had a huge influence on the path media education took. He was on the ATOM board and, like many who served, gave hours of…