Dr Fincina Hopgood
Lecturer in Screen Studies - Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Fincina joined UNE in 2016 as Lecturer in Screen Studies in the School of Arts. She is an experienced, award-winning teacher of Screen Studies, having taught a wide range of subjects at undergraduate and graduate levels at the University of Melbourne, Monash University and RMIT University. Fincina began writing about film as a reviewer and interviewer for the long-running industry magazine Cinema Papers. From 2005 to 2011, she was the Book Reviews Editor and Australian Cinema Co-Editor for the online film journal Senses of Cinema.
Fincina wrote her PhD in Cinema Studies on empathy and the portrayal of mental illness in a selection of Australian and New Zealand films from the 1990s. She has continued her research in this area, expanding her field of study to include contemporary cinema (since 2000) and television, and convening the symposium Try Walking in My Shoes: Empathy and Portrayals of Mental Illness on Screen at the University of Melbourne supported by the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. Fincina is a regular guest on ABC Radio and Melbourne Community radio station 3RRR, discussing portrayals of mental illness in film and television across a range of genres.
Currently, Fincina is collaborating with colleagues at the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University Bendigo to develop a large-scale interdisciplinary research project investigating the benefits of screen media for mental health. This project has been developed in partnership with mental health organisations SANE Australia, Mind Australia, the Hunter Institute for Mental Health and Art With Impact, with seed funding from the Melbourne Social Equity Institute and the Disability Research Initiative at the University of Melbourne. In 2017, Fincina and colleagues travelled to Berlin as guests of the German Ministry for Labour and Social Affairs to present their project at the annual Inclusion Days, an international conference dedicated to social inclusion and implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne
Postgraduate Diploma in Cinema Studies, University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Arts (Honours in English) & Bachelor of Laws, University of Melbourne
Human Rights on Screen
Mental illness portrayals in film and television
Contemporary Australian cinema
Empathy and social change
Mental health in the media
Human rights filmmaking and film festivals
2015-16: Interdisciplinary seed funding for the project Empathy and Portrayals of Mental Illness in Australian Visual Culture, Melbourne Social Equity Institute and the Hallmark Disability Research Initiative, University of Melbourne
2015: Associate Investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions
2014: Research Fellowship, AFI Research Collection, Australian Film Institute and RMIT University
2014: CHE/SCC Research Support Scheme for the symposium Try Walking in My Shoes: Empathy and Portrayals of Mental Illness, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions and the School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne
‘Of Mothers and Madwomen: Mining the Emotional Terrain of Toni Collette’s Anti-Star Persona’, American-Australian Cinema: Transnational Connections, edited by Adrian Danks, Stephen Gaunson and Peter C. Kunze, Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, 91-114.
‘The Laughter and the Tears: Comedy, Melodrama and the Shift Towards Empathy for Mental Illness on Screen’, Australian Screen in the 2000s, edited by Mark David Ryan and Ben Goldsmith, Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, 2017, 165-190.
‘An Angel at My Table (Jane Campion, 1990)’, Making Film and Television Histories, edited by James Bennett and Rebecca Beirne, I.B. Tauris, London, 2011, 189-193.
Essays on Baz Luhrmann, Strictly Ballroom (1992), William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet (1996), Moulin Rouge! (2001) and Australia (2008) in Directory of World Cinema: Australia and New Zealand, edited by Ben Goldsmith and Geoff Lealand, Intellect, Bristol and Chicago, 2010, 52-65.
‘Caring about mental illness: the power of melodrama in contemporary Australian cinema’, Australia – Who Cares?, edited by David Callahan, Network Books, Perth, 2007, 253-270.
‘Before Big Brother there was Blair Witch: the selling of “reality”’, Docufictions: Essays on the Intersection of Documentary and Fictional Filmmaking, edited by Gary D. Rhodes and John Parris Springer, McFarland, Jefferson, 2006, 237-252.
‘Walking in Her Footsteps: Migration, Adaptation, and the Mother’s Journey in Romulus, My Father’. Adaptation 9.1 (2016): 22-34. Special issue ‘Adapting Australia’ edited by Imelda Whelehan and Ken Gelder, 2016 (first published online March 2015).
‘Unravelling the Myth of the Mad Genius in An Angel at my Table’, Journal of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, special issue ‘Screening the Past: Gender Readings in History and Film’ edited by James Bennett and Josephine May, 10 (2), January 2006, 53-76.
‘Melodramas of Affliction: portraits of madness on screen’, Credits Rolling! Selected Papers from the 12th Biennial Conference of the Film and History Association of Australia and New Zealand, edited by Marilyn Dooley, National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra, 2005, 159-171.
‘“A Special Kind of Excess”: the unruly woman of comedy and melodrama in Jane Campion’s Sweetie’, antiTHESIS, ‘Excess’, 15, 2005, 91-113.
Fincina’s range of publications include book reviews for esteemed journals Screen, Screening the Past and Australasian Drama Studies, articles for The Age and The Conversation as well as reviews of Australian films and interviews with Australian filmmakers for Metro Magazine and Senses of Cinema.
Fincina’s interview with Fred Schepisi for Senses of Cinema was reprinted in the Conversations with Filmmakers series published by University Press of Mississippi: ‘Shooting dialogue as action: an interview with Fred Schepisi’, Fred Schepisi: Interviews, edited by Tom Ryan, University Press of Mississippi, Jackson, 2017.
Associate Investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions
Affiliated Researcher, Disability Research Initiative, University of Melbourne
Affiliated Researcher, Human Rights and Animal Ethics Research Network
Member, Screen Studies Association of Australia and Aeotearoa New Zealand
Seed Funded Project, Empathy and Portrayals of Mental Illness in Australian Visual Culture, Disability Research Initiative, University of Melbourne
Associate Investigator Profile, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions
Affiliated Researcher Disability Research Initiative, University of Melbourne