Southern Cross University Medal winner Des Bellamy is considering the pursuit of a PhD as his next academic achievement.
Southern Cross University Medal winner Des Bellamy is considering the pursuit of a PhD as his next academic achievement.

"...fava beans and a nice chianti ..." help Des to SCU Medal

AN HONOURS thesis examining cannibalism in the movies has earned Desmond Bellamy a Southern Cross University Medal.

Des, a mature-age student from Byron Bay, received his award at Southern Cross University's Coffs Harbour graduation ceremony on Saturday, along with a Bachelor of Media with First Class Honours.

The thesis is titled: Having an old friend for dinner - cannibalism goes to the movies.

Dr Lisa Milner supervised the work and said it is a fascinating thesis which received the best examiner's report she had ever read.

A special projects coordinator for PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Australia), Des said his thesis was focused on cannibalism, and the relationship of humans and other animals.

"My question was how can we so readily accept killing animals but be so horrified when we see people killing humans," he said.

"It involved a study of films about cannibalism - there were about 100 that I found out about - but we cut it down to eight."

The films covered a variety of themes including primitive cannibalism depicted in Robinson Crusoe and survival films including Alive - the story of a rugby team who crash in the Andes.

A comparison was made with inhuman cannibalism depicted in Silence Of The Lambs and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Des said he was absolutely overwhelmed to receive the University Medal.

"I was so impressed with the support I got from supervisor Dr Milner and the staff at SCU is world-class.

"The library also never let me down.

"If they didn't have a book or article I needed in their comprehensive collection, they would get it from another library in Australia or even overseas."



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