For as long as I can remember I have loved learning. I always enjoyed school and was particularly enthusiastic about history. This is undoubtedly a result of my upbringing in a family of History and English teachers. My love of learning continued to grow and resulted in my undertaking a Bachelor of Arts at Western Sydney University and it was here that my keen interests in history, historiography and film studies were brought to the fore. Toward the end of my degree I became increasing interested in how these three areas intersected with each other and began familiarizing myself with the area of film and history and the questions and debates surrounding this relationship. In 2015, I completed my Bachelor of Arts and will graduate with distinction.
As of 2016, I am studying a Master of Research also at WSU. For this degree I will be cultivating this interest in film and history by doing my Masters thesis on the use of film as a means to communicate and interpret history, particularly in relation to the demands of the present. I’m looking specifically at how depictions of Queen Elizabeth I on screen have changed and adapted depending on changes in gender politics and attitudes towards women, particularly women in power, over the course of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. The relationship between film and history is an area of research that I would like to pursue through to a PhD. I’m also interested in Medieval and twentieth century history.
My interests and hobbies outside of academia include reading various genres of fiction, seeing as many films as time will allow, listening to music and I’m also in the slow process of learning to play the guitar.