Metro Magazine

Articles from No. 145, Summer

A Great Appetizer: The Oyster Farmer
Oysters. You either love 'em or hate 'em. FOR SOME PEOPLE oysters are a delicacy and have a certain mystique. Many believe they act as natural aphrodisiacs to stimulate libidos and boost sexual drive. For other people, however, the thought of slipping...
A Long Hard Battle for Permanence
THE history of community television goes back to the seventies, when the Whitlam government set up the video access centres which first inspired the idea of public access television. Over the next twenty years, various surveys and research projects...
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Appropriating Bombay Cinema: Why the Western World Gets Bollywood So Wrong
I can't keep it inside of me any more! All this preaching by the Western media about what I should appreciate from my own popular culture. One Bride and Prejudice (Gurinder Chadha, 2004) comes along aimed at ignorant white audiences, and they lap it...
Around Australia with Channel 31
TVS is the holder of the permanent license in Sydney and is due to start broadcasting on 23 October. TVS is the distribution mechanism, providing the conduit through which the station will be programmed by its two members, Slice TV, which is community-focused,...
Aurora Community TV: A New Pay TV Channel
WHILE Foxtel had always proposed the inclusion of a community channel once digital was introduced, their recent announcement of the launch of the national Aurora Community Television channel to all subscribers on the Foxtel and Austar digital platforms...
Been There, Done That, and Lived to Tell about It! in a Business Where Money Talks, Phillip Cenere Speaks with Jane Scott, Chris Noonan, John Weiley and Al Clark about Achieving Box Office Success and the State of the Australian Film Industry
It 's the last great place in the English language to make a movie in terms of balancing work and private life in an environment that is so conducive to creativity and not fear. It's not fear-based, it's fun-based. I love it there. So does George....
Big Bad 'Wolf Creek': There Are Many Reasons Why Wolf Creek Is a Masterpiece of Cinematic Horror, but the Most Important Is Its Determination to Avoid the Mainstream
THE MOST DARING HORROR MOVIES of the last thirty years have invariably been produced away from the dead hand of studio executives, and Wolf Creek is a perfect example of this kind of feral cinema. Appropriately, it also fits neatly into that subgenre...
Blind Spot: Looking for Esther Eng
WHAT PRICE MEMORY? IT IS 100 YEARS SINCE CHINA'S FIRST FILMS WERE MADE IN BEIJING AND THE OUTSTANDING ICON OF THAT CENTURY WAS A WOMAN, NAMELY THE 'CHINESE GRETA GARBO' RUAN LINGYU. DESPITE OUR UNFAMILIARITY WITH HER FILMS IN THE WEST, SHE IS RIGHTLY...
C.A. Lejeune: In the Conclusion to Her Final Column, the Critic C.A. Lejeune Wrote: 'As We Were Taught to Say at the End of Children's Parties, "Thank You for Having Me".'
THE AIR OF GENTILITY was a hallmark of the writings of C.A. Lejeune, making her eminently fitted to bring the pleasures of the cinema to a middle-class English readership in the time of Empire and the Lyon's corner cafe. She was a film critic for almost...
Chokher Bali and Aishwarya Rai: Bengali Cinema and 'The Most Beautiful Woman in the World'; the New Bengali Film Chokher Bali: A Passion Play (Rituparno Ghosh, 2003) Is a Rich, Rewarding Cinematic Experience. the Pace of the Film Is Languorous but Always Engaging, and the Visual Style Is Often Flamboyant, with Writer-Director Rituparno Ghosh Using Every Shade of Red to Signify Passion, Anger, and Probably Blood
But the film belongs very much to its star, Aishwarya Rai, who infuses her character with a palpable sensuality; her growth from an initial vulnerability to a woman of self-determination is both admirable and totally convincing. And, as globalization...
Discoveries and Revelations of the Melbourne International Film Festival 2005
> The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is the largest and longest-running film festival in the Asia-Pacific region. Widely acknowledged as one of the world's top ten international .lm festivals, MIFF has emerged as the leading forum...
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Flawed Figures and Imperfect Affairs in the Films of Cate Shortland: 'People Not Saying What They Want to Say. Everyone Pretending.' (Hana, Flowergirl)
In 2004, Cate Shortland's debut feature Somersault scooped up thirteen AFI and seven IF awards, including best script, direction and feature film, and screened at Cannes and other international festivals. Her award-winning short films have been shown...
From Strength to Strength the 22nd St Kilda Film Festival: This Year's St Kilda Film Festival Continued the Trend in the Gradual Reduction in the Number of Australian Short Films Shown. during the Six Days of Screenings Attended by Filmmakers, Producers, Industry Representatives and Film-Lovers, 100 Australian Short Films Were Showcased
PAUL Harris, the director of the festival since 1999, saw more than 600 films as part of the selection process. He points out that, this way, the organizers were able to promote the festival to the general public and the sponsors as the best of Australian...
How Can We Know the Dancer from the Dance? A Personal Look at Documentary Form and Technology
ALMOST TWO YEARS HAVE PASSED since the fiftieth anniversary Sydney Film Festival (2003), and yet three things I saw there still stick with me: a shot of the documentary filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker, a shot by the documentary filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker,...
Hugo Weaving and Craig Monahan Agents of Change: In a Far Cry from Agent Smith and Bullet Time Hugo Weaving's Latest Role Is as a Factory Foreman at a Peach Cannery in Craig Monahan's Peaches
He's traded the cool black suit and shades for a flannelette shirt and dorky specs. Despite a growing international profile since his work as Agent Smith in The Matrix trilogy (Andy and Larry Wachowski, 1999-2003) and The Lord of the Rings (Peter Jackson,...
Jobs for the Girls? Affirmative Action in the Australian Film Industry: In the Last Ten Years There Has Been a Significant Reduction in the Number of Women Working in Key Areas of the Film Industry, Particularly in Senior Artistic and Technical Roles
BY THE SAME TOKEN, there has also been a reduction in the amount of support and positive discrimination aimed at women who want to increase their skills or cement their position in the industry. In the past, the relative lack of women in key creative...
Living in Limbo: Nobody Knows: Nobody Knows Is the Third Hirokazu Koreeda Feature to Be Exhibited at International Film Festivals and to Receive a Theatrical Release on the Art Cinema Circuit. Highly Regarded by Critics, His Cinema Is a Contemplative Cinema, Far Removed from Action Cinema and Other Popular Commercial Film Genres
His films are concerned with the material and spiritual conditions of ordinary people living in limbo-between life and death, normality and abnormality, isolation and connection. His early films, television documentaries and dramatic features demonstrated...
Love Is Love: The Figurative Economy of Tom White
Journey Through the Ruins IN the opening scenes of the recent Australian film Tom White (Alkinos Tsilimodos, 12004), a middle-aged Anglo-Australian male, Tom White (Colin Friels), suffers a nervous breakdown. Sacked from his job as an architectural...
Machinima and the Filmmaker's Virtual Immersion: The Modern Era of Digital Video Cameras and Cheap Home Computer Editing Systems (That Are More Powerful Than the Avid Systems of Six Years Ago and Sell for One Tenth the Cost!) Is Often Lauded as the Great Digital Revolution of the Cinematic Form: The Delivery of Cinema-Making Tools into the Hands of the Masses
AS EXCITING AS THE PROSPECT of a digital utopia is for many me dia creators, there is still a huge wall of logistic and physical problems for the filmmaker with a grand, imaginative vision: locations, actors, public liability insurance, camera mounts,...
Permanence for Community Television; Going Digital the Next Goal
WITH four permanent licenses already allocated and two more in the pipeline, community television in Australia could be allowed to feel victorious, but celebrations may be a little premature. These licenses are for analog broadcast, and if Australia's...
Pot and Prejudice: The Media Coverage of the Schapelle Corby Trial Should Figure Prominently in the Australian Media Textbooks Published in the Next Decade
IT is inconceivable that in the chapters which cover journalistic ethics and standards, the performance of many commercial media organizations during this saga will not come under close scrutiny. An initial (up to early June) analysis of the media...
Reel Women Sisters Doing It for Themselves
Despite the fact that female filmmakers are increasingly prominent in all sectors of the global film industry, one could argue that not enough space has been given to analysis of the significant role women have played in the cinema, past and present....
Roses and Lotuses: A Tale of Two Sisters: The American Remake of A Tale of Two Sisters (Kim Jee-Woon, 2003) Has Already Been Announced, and While I'm Not Silly Enough to Rail against Hollywood Remakes per Se, the Trend of Homogenizing Asian Horror Films Is Particularly Depressing
Admittedly, the quality of the ' remixes is higher than you'd expect: Gore Verbinski's version of Ringu (aka The Ring, Hideo Nakata, 1998) definitely had its moments, and hiring Takashi Shimizu to redo his masterpiece Ju-on: The Grudge (2003) resulted...
Rotten Peaches: When It Was Announced That Craig Monahan Was Directing His Second Feature Film, Peaches (2005), the Anticipation Was High. the Question on the Lips of Many Was: 'Can He Do It Again?'
MONAHAN'S first feature film The Interview (1998) is without doubt one of the most acclaimed Australian films in history. The critics described it as 'a rich cinematic experience' (Variety), 'a gripping suspense yarn' (Time Out), 'a technical showpiece...
Searching for a Moment of Perfect Emptiness: Writer-Director Rachael Lucas and Her Assistant Director and Producer Sister Naomi Talk to Bruce Andrews about Bondi Tsunami, Their First Feature Film, and Their Views on the State of the Ailing Australian Film Industry
Rachael Lucas tells me that she hasn't slept for about thirty hours when we meet for an interview about her debut feature film Bondi Tsunami. She's been writing and recording the 'special features' commentary tracks for the DVD of the film, which is...
The Incredibles
Brad Bird (w, d), US, 115 Minutes, 2004, GENRE: Social Darwinism/Eugenics, Rated PG. STARRING: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, Jason Lee, Sarah Vowell, Spencer Fox, Elizabeth Pena, Brad Bird, Wallace Shawn, Jean Sincere, John Ratzenberger....
Tsunami or 'When Disaster Finally Found Its Paparazzi' (1)
'The more remote or exotic the place, the more likely we are to have full frontal views of the dead and dying ... Being a spectator at calamities taking place in another country is a quintessential modern experience, the cumulative offering of ......
'Turtles Can Fly' and Tales of Lost Youth: An Interview with Bahman Ghobaid; Bahman Ghobadi's Third Film, Turtles Can Fly (2004) Was the Most Talked-About Film of the Recent Melbourne International Film Festival, Where It Won the Audience Award
In Turtles Can Fly, Ghobadi continues to explore the most persistent theme of his work: the struggle an suffering of the people in Kurdis villages and refugee camps in the Middle East. The director and the production company behind his films, Mij Films,...
TV Eye
1 REGENERATION: DOCTOR WHO DAVE HOSKIN It's hard for me to be objective about the return of Doctor Who. When the BBC announced they were bringing it back, and that the man behind the revival was Russell T. Davies, I felt a rush of elation. Doctor...
Van Sowerwine: Clara's World: Clara Is Seven-Minute Stop-Motion Animated Short Written and Directed by Van Sowerwine, a New Media Artist and Graduate of Melbourne's RMIT (1)
CLARA TELLS THE STORY of a young girl's experience of grief in Australian suburbia. It was selected for the Shorts competition at this year's Cannes Film Festival. In this interview, Van discusses recurring themes in her animation work and her love...
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WIFT Works for Women; a Short History on How to Marry Filmmaking with Feminism: Reflecting on the Role of Women in Film and Television (WIFT) between 1988 and 1998, Marsha Emerman Suggested That 'Too Many People See [WIFT] as a Career Ladder and Not as an Activist Organization.' (1)
THIS STATEMENT encapsulates the difficulties for women's groups such as WIFT who operate within a highly gender-divided workplace and culture, which itself produces a need for political activism. Yet at the same time, there is an imperative to be part...
"You Can't Cut the Throat of Every Cocksucker Whose Character It Would Improve": Birth and Death and Redemption and the Return of Sacred in 'Deadwood'
For us non-Americans, the paradox that is America has never been so clearly underlined as by the phenomenon of the new quality TV series Deadwood. This is a time when there has never been such an obdurately stupid and fundamentalist administration...
You Could Do Worse: 'You and Your Stupid Mate'
WHAT I ASKED MYSELF--and him--could the editor of this journal have in mind by sending me off to see this latest Australian comedy when he knows how sensitive I am? Hadn't I suffered enough in this cause in recent times? Too often, at least since The...
Young, Innocent and Ripe for Experience Peaches
Craig Monahan's The Interview (1998), a stylish Kafkaesque police drama, won the proverbial swag of awards, including AFI awards for best film, best director, and best actor for Hugo Weaving. Peaches, Monahan's second feature, is a very different...
You Say You (Don't) Want a Revolution the Resistance to Digital Cinema in Australia: The Digital Cinema Revolution Is upon Us. Championing Its Rollout Is the Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI), a Joint Venture between Some of the United States' Largest Motion Picture Studios; Disney, Fox, MGM, Paramount, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal and Warner Bros
FOUNDED IN 2002, the DCI's main objective was to establish a digital cinema framework that would ensure a universally standardized model for technical performance, reliability and quality control. With only approximately 600 screens installed worldwide...