Making Meaning of Laurence Olivier: Reading Queer Sensibilities in his Hollywood Canon, 1939-1960.
How would you describe the project?
My research identifies the disruptive trajectory present in British actor Laurence Olivier’s major Hollywood work from 1939-1960, to argue how his style of performance fundamentally challenged ideas of gender and sexual normalcy during Hollywood’s classic period.
What attracted you to St Andrews?
As a graduate of the Department of Film Studies’ MLitt programme in 2012, I felt confident that the department would be an excellent, supportive place to investigate my doctoral research as well as hone my professional skills.
How has the department helped you with your research or to develop your skills and knowledge?
Beyond the tremendous support and guidance on my doctoral work, the department has also offered the opportunity to work as a Teaching Assistant for its first and second-year undergraduate courses, to serve as postgraduate Representative for the department, and Co-Editor-in-Chief for Frames Cinema Journal (the Film Studies PGR-run online journal). I have also had the chance to organise the department’s annual PG conference in 2018 and lead a PGR Thesis Writing Boot Camp. Each position and activity has helped my professional development, working with, and learning from, my fellow students and staff.
What do you hope to do after the PhD?
My long-term ambition is to be a Professor in Film and Gender Studies. On completing the PhD, I will look to continue with teaching and towards a post-doctoral position, which would allow me to pursue new, emerging research projects that I’m currently developing.
What piece of advice would you give to someone thinking about doing a PhD in Film Studies?
Honour the professional and personal relationships you build. Make the most of all the opportunities that the programme, department, and the university offer and afford yourself time away from work to restore your energy and creativity.