Metro Magazine, Hall of Fame of Australian Film Critics, Finally Goes Online


After decades of printing, Subway magazine is now online and has begun digitizing its entire archive for web access.

From now on, subscribers to the mag can access the full catalog of its quarterly articles published over the past five years, as well as a selection of articles – going all the way back to the 1960s – from the archive. The articles are fully adapted for immediate reading and browsing on phones, tablets and desktop computers.

Founded in 1964, Subway is Australia’s longest running film and media magazine and regularly features in-depth content covering Australian and international cinema. It is also one of the only publications specializing in essays, articles and interviews on Australian, New Zealand and Asian feature films, shorts and documentaries, while also covering television, web series, animation, games and new media.

David Heslin, who was editor of Subway since 2020, said the move to web publishing made sense, especially since many readers these days “are not as used to print.” However, if you’re one of the thousands who still enjoy getting your hands on tangible media, you needn’t worry – the magazine will remain in print for the foreseeable future.

Heslin added that adding the site makes a lot of sense as more students, scholars, critics and moviegoers do their reading and research online. Users can search the site for a particular movie, director, actor, etc., and immediately locate all Subway articles related to the search term.

Heslin is confident that this will be an excellent resource, not only because of Subway‘s long history, but because the publication serves a unique purpose in the Australian film criticism landscape. “Our articles are typically around 2,000 words per article and contain analysis that you really won’t find anywhere else,” he said. “I know I’m biased, but I think it’s on par with top movie magazines around the world.”

David Heslin at the subway office. Picture: provided

To access this content, you must be a subscriber. “The subscription is really affordable,” Heslin added. A free trial option allows you to sign up immediately without having to shell out the moula. And after the seven-day trial period ends, you can choose to pay $5 per month or $50 per year for an individual subscription.

“We also have subscriptions available for educational institutions, which are priced based on the number of students they have,” Heslin said. This option is available for schools, libraries and businesses. More information on subscription levels is available at the Subway website.

So, besides the attractive cost, what makes a subscription to Subway worth it? “There are some fantastic articles from the new issue that I really recommend,” Heslin said. ‘My stars are Jake Wilson writing about the epic four hour documentary The loved one, Debbie Zhou’s article on Li Dongmei’s first feature film Mom, and Travis Johnson’s article on The Herdsman’s Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson.’ The latter was the cover story of Subwaythe last number.

Subscription also means full access to back issues. If there’s an Australian movie you can think of, there’s probably been a track on it in Subway. According to Heslin, the team is working hard to digitize the entire archive so subscribers can access every issue from 1964 to today.

And if contributing is more your thing, Subway is always looking for writers. “Now that we’re online, that basically means the sky is the limit in terms of having the resources we need to showcase even more great work in the future,” Heslin said.

Number 212 of Subway is available now, online and in print, followed by issue 213 at the end of August. Jump on the Subway website to search for specific articles and subscription information.


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