Student Profile

Olivia Hopkins

Degree

Doctor of Philosophy

Thesis Title

The Idea of the South in the Modern US Horror Film

Supervisors

Bruce Isaacs

Thesis Abstract

Professional and/or Community Engagement

Speaking role as ‘Tabitha’, Dark Room (Tom Waters, 2009)
Private high school film, drama and English tutor and university Arts tutor, 2010 – present
Film lecturer and tutor for Hale & Fun, an educational program for the elderly, 2011 - present
Inaugural Chair of the Horror Area of the Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (POPCAANZ), 2013 - present
Volunteer postgraduate intern with the Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (POPCAANZ), 2013 - present
Sessional tutor/teaching assistant for AMST1001 Global America at the United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney, Semester 2 2013

Conference Presentations

Olivia Hopkins, “White Trash and the US South in Rob Schmidt’s Wrong Turn” (paper presented at the Popular Culture Association of Australian and New Zealand [POPCAANZ] Annual Conference 2013, Brisbane, 24-26 June 2013)
Olivia Hopkins, “‘Why Do You Come on These Trips with Me, Ed?’: Homosexuality as Demon in the Modern Single-Sex Southern Horror/Thriller Film” (paper presented at the Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association Annual Conference 2013, Washington DC, 27-30 March 2013)

Favourite Films

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975)
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (Gore Verbinski, 2003)
Monster (Patty Jenkins, 2003)