Gemma Blackwood

BA (Hons), PhD

Coordinator of Communication Studies

Gemma moved to Darwin from Melbourne in 2013. In the areas of Film Studies and Cultural Studies, she completed a PhD on the subject of film tourism in 2012 at The University of Melbourne. Her thesis examined the ideals of film-inspired travel, and she examined specific case studies on the contemporary phenomenon: including an examination of the Universal Studios film tour in Los Angeles; the Thailand locations of The Beach; the San Francisco locations as featured in Hitchcock’s Vertigo; and a study of the tourism-promoting government initiatives that connected with Baz Luhrmann’s epic film Australia.

Recently, Gemma co-edited a collection called Motion Pictures: Travel Ideals in Film that was published by Peter Lang. She is currently working on a monograph on film tourism, and researching representations of the Australian landscape in cinema and television. She also writes and communicates in a range of different mediums. She is a freelance travel writer, and also regularly writes for the online site The Conversation with pieces about Australian popular culture. In Darwin, she was one of the founders of a popular live storytelling event called SPUN: True Stories Told in the Territory. 

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Research Interests

  • Film Studies
  • Digital Cultures
  • Communication Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Cultural Geography
  • Tourism Studies
  • Spatial Studies
  • Visual Culture
  • Critical Theory
  • Travel and Travel Writing
  • Gender Studies
  • Television Studies
  • Screen Cultures
  • Australian Culture

Professional Associations

  • Cultural Studies Association of Australasia (NT rep)
  • Australian Humanities Review (Editorial Board)

Current Teaching

  • COM102 Introducing Communications Studies
  • COM201 Media and Professional Writing
  • COM202 Media, Culture and Representation
  • COM203 Global Communication Industries (available from 2019)
  • COM301 Communications Independent Study (Research)
  • COM302 Communications Independent Study (Creative)
  • COM303 Writing, Journalism and Media Ethics (available from 2019)



Books

  • Blackwood G. and A. McGregor (eds) (2016) Motion Pictures: Travel Ideals in Film. Bern: Peter Lang, 2016.

Publications

  • Blackwood, G. (2017) “Dream Factory Tours: The Universal Pictures Movie Tour Attraction in the 1960s”. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television. (online publication, forthcoming issue publication in 2018). < http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01439685.2017.1369238 >.
  • Blackwood, G. (2017). “Vanessa Berry’s Mirror Sydney: An Atlas of Reflections”. Overland (review). < https://overland.org.au/2017/11/vanessa-berrys-mirror-sydney-an-atlas-of-reflections/>
  • Blackwood, G. (2017) (Authors: R. Jeffs and G. Blackwood) “Whose Real? Encountering New Frontiers in Westworld”. MediaNZ: Media Studies Journal of Aotearoa New Zealand 6(2) < https://medianz.otago.ac.nz/medianz/article/view/211 >
  • Blackwood, G. (2017) “Repeating Visions: Hitchcock’s Vertigo and San Francisco.” Travel and Representation (eds. Garth Lean, Russell Staiff and Emma Waterton).  Berghahn Books, 2017, pp.23-42.
  • Blackwood, G. (2016) “Paradise Glossed: The representation of backpacker ideals in The Beach”. Motion Pictures: Travel Ideals in Film (eds. Blackwood and McGregor). Bern: Peter Lang, 2016.
  • Blackwood G. and A. McGregor. (2016) “In Motion and On Location: Representing Travel Ideals in Film” (with Andrew McGregor). Motion Pictures: Travel Ideals in Film (eds Blackwood and McGregor). Bern: Peter Lang, 2016, pp.7-14.
  • Blackwood G. (2015) (Authors: A. Stephens, E. Oppermann, J. Turnour, T. Brewer, C. O’Brien, T. Rayner, G. Blackwood and A.Dale)  “Identifying Tensions in the Development of Northern Australia: Implications for Governance” Journal of Economic and Social Policy. 17(1), 2015: Article 5 < https://epubs.scu.edu.au/jesp/vol17/iss1/5/ >
  • Blackwood, G. (2014) “The Sydney Opera House on Screen.”  World Film Locations: Sydney (ed. Neil Mitchell) Intellect: London, 2014.
  • Blackwood, G. (2012) “The World Seems Difficult: Youth, Melbourne, Cinema.”  World Film Locations: Melbourne (ed. Neil Mitchell) Intellect: London, 2012.
  • Blackwood, G. (2012) “Oz: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Road Movie”. World Film Locations: Melbourne (ed. Neil Mitchell) Intellect: London, 2012.
  • Blackwood, G. (2012) “Salaam Namaste.” World Film Locations: Melbourne (ed. Neil Mitchell) Intellect: London, 2012.
  • Blackwood, G. (2009) “Great Southern Filmscapes.” Film + Travel: Asia, Oceania, Africa. New York: Museyon, 2009.
  • Blackwood, G. (2009) “New Zealand.” Film + Travel: Asia, Oceania, Africa. New York: Museyon, 2009.
  • Blackwood, G. (2007) “Wolf Creek: An un-Australian Story?” Continuum 21(4) December 2007: 489-498.
  • Blackwood, G. (2003) “That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore. M/C: A Journal of Media and Culture, 6 (5) 2003. < http://journal.media-culture.org.au/0311/3-blackwood-that-joke.php>
  • Blackwood, G. (2002) “Fenced in these Fatal Nets: The Nature of Gender Conflict in the Oresteia”. Stele 2002 (4):63-72.

Contacts

T: 08 8946 6617
E: Gemma.Blackwood@cdu.edu.au

School of Creative Arts and Humanities
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Charles Darwin University
Darwin NT 0909