PSYCHOCINEMATIC

A podcast analysing depictions of mental illness and disabilities in film and TV. Hosted by a psychologist, Stephanie, with a little help from a former film student turned medical doctor, Michael, and friends with lived experience. We may ruin your favourite movie, but we promise to do it with fun, humour, and perhaps an important lesson or two.

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Episodes

Thursday Aug 04, 2022

TRANSCRIPT HERE It had to be done. After a Netflix watch party everyone voted for but nobody wanted, Steph and Michael decided they simply must make an episode talking about 2004’s absolutely ridiculous  psychological thriller, The Butterfly Effect starring Ashton Kutcher. We change up the format today by breaking down the problematic tropes, themes and messages plotpoint by plotpoint, to really hit home why this is an absolutely terrible movie. It’s also quite traumatic and distressing, so be warned!!   CONTENT WARNING:, Lots of Swearing (in first 20 seconds sorry) suicide, childhood abuse and trauma, sexual assault & rape, animal cruelty, ableism,use of ableist terms, harmful portrayals of sex work, discussion of disability inspiration porn.    Follow Psychocinematic on Instagram and Twitter! or join our Facebook Group! Email us at psychocinematicpodcast@gmail.com for suggestions or if you’d like to be a guest! Join our Patreon here for PILES, literal PILES of bonus content!   REFERENCES The Butterfly Effect (2004) - IMDb The Butterfly Effect (Film) - TV Tropes How Ashton Kutcher Prepared For His Role In 'The Butterfly Effect' (thethings.com) The Butterfly Effect – Ending Explained & Film Analysis – Blimey The Butterfly Effect's Original Ending Was Ridiculously Grim (slashfilm.com)   NOTE: This podcast is not designed to be therapeutic, prescriptive or constitute a formal diagnosis for any listener, nor the characters discussed. The host is not representative of all psychologists and opinions stated are her own personal opinion, based on her own learnings and training (and minimal lived experience). Host and co-hosts do not have the final say and can only comment based on their own perspectives, so please let us know if you dispute any of these opinions – we are keen for feedback! Editor: Nic Fornasier, Music: Michael Watson, Artwork: Bronte Poynts

Friday Jul 22, 2022

TRANSCRIPT HERE Steph has the insightful Indi Gage from Hot Girls Theory podcast to talk about a movie they both adore, Michel Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), written by Charlie Kaufman. We discuss how the film raises questions about our experience of relationships and the way our fallible memory can shape how we see them, as well as how we relate to the character of Clementine and have definitely dated a Joel or two in our time. Also, does Clementine have Borderline Personality Disorder or does she just have contextually significant hair colour?!    Follow Indi on insta here! Listen to Hot Girls Theory here and follow their Instagram here and tiktok here!    Last chance to donate to our Gidget Foundation fundraiser coming up soon!!!! Join our patreon here or donate individually here!    CONTENT WARNING: stalker behaviour (Patrick), childhood trauma, discussion of fat phobia and ableism    Follow Psychocinematic on Instagram and Twitter! or join our Facebook Group! Email us at psychocinematicpodcast@gmail.com   REFERENCES Charlie Kaufman: 'The world is terrifying and destructive and dehumanising and tragic' | Anomalisa | The Guardian  This Profile of Charlie Kaufman Has Changed - The New York Times  Can Charlie Kaufman Get Out of His Head? | The New Yorker The Gift of Memory: Charlie Kaufman on the Culture of Death  Michel Gondry: 'I wanted to bring out Jim Carrey's sadness' | Television & radio | The Guardian  Maureen Dowd Talks 'Mare of Easttown' With Kate Winslet - The New York Times  10 Movies That Got Borderline Personality Disorder Symptoms (Mostly) Right Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - NeuroPsyFi  How Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Dismantles the Gender Objectification of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl Trope   NOTE: This podcast is not designed to be therapeutic, prescriptive or constitute a formal diagnosis for any listener, nor the characters discussed. The host is not representative of all psychologists and opinions stated are her own personal opinion, based on her own learnings and training (and minimal lived experience). Host and co-hosts do not have the final say and can only comment based on their own perspectives, so please let us know if you dispute any of these opinions – we are keen for feedback! Editor: Nic Fornasier, Music: Michael Watson, Artwork: Bronte Poynts

Thursday Jul 07, 2022

TRANSCRIPT HERE Steph and Michael enter into the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the first time. As non- Comic-Book-film aficionados, do they like what they see? Moon Knight is their first piece on the slab for dissecting*. Join us as we discuss (with ultimate vocal fry due to heavy colds, apologies), the portrayal of Dissociative Identity Disorder through Oscar Isaac’s Moon Knight hero, and where it stands compared to the other depictions we’ve seen so far. Does it perpetuate the same tropes, or are we actually here for it? We also talk about the cultural portrayal of Ancient Egypt, the state of mental institutions in 2020, and how much Steph likes Oscar Isaac.  (*Given Michael’s a vegetarian this is an uncomfortable image and I regret everything)   CONTENT WARNING:, descriptions of medical trauma, childhood abuse and trauma, swearing, use of stigmatizing/ableist descriptors (in context of the show).    Follow Psychocinematic on Instagram and Twitter! or join our Facebook Group! Email us at psychocinematicpodcast@gmail.com for suggestions or if you’d like to be a guest! Join our Patreon here for PILES, literal PILES of bonus content!   REFERENCES Read the VMIAC report Steph references here including information on the Mental Health Royal Commision: Seclusion Report #3 (vmiac.org.au) Dissociative Identity Disorder Signs, Symptoms and DSM 5 diagnostic criteria (traumadissociation.com) What Moon Knight Gets Wrong About Dissociative Identity Disorder (verywellmind.com) What Moon Knight Gets Right About Dissociative Identity Disorder (verywellmind.com) Moon Knight can’t escape Hollywood’s dissociative identity disorder trap - The Verge 'Moon Knight': Jeremy Slater On Reality Vs. Hallucinations & Whether Ethan Hawke's Arthur Harrow Is Dead [Interview] (theplaylist.net)   Oscar Isaac on 'Moon Knight,' 'Star Wars,' 'Dune' and What's Next (esquire.com) Moon Knight': Oscar Isaac Says His Uncle Cried, Felt 'Seen' Watching Show (insider.com) Oscar Isaac Gets Candid About Mental Health Issues In Disney+'s Moon Knight (thedirect.com) Moon Knight: How Real-Life Dissociative Identity Disorder Patients Reacted to Season 1 (thedirect.com) Moon Knight – an Egyptologist on how the series gets the gods right (theconversation.com) Moon Knight Episode 1 Called Out Cultural Appropriation (cbr.com) 'Moon Knight' Causes "Controversy and Huge Buzz" Amid Censorship Issues - Inside the Magic How Moon Knight is Shaping our Understanding of Music | by Jordan Fraser | May, 2022 | Medium

Thursday Jun 23, 2022

TRANSCRIPT HERE Maz and Steph join forces again to discuss the time travel mental illness tale of the modern world, Netflix’s Russian Doll, created and starring our husky queen Natasha Lyonne. We take a deep dive into the depictions of intergenerational trauma (our fave), complex PTSD, OCD and substance use, within a fun and at times hilarious time travel plot. We related more to this one than we realised we would, and it’s not just cos we both wanna be Natasha Lyonne stomping around New York in a trenchcoat, saying ridiculous phrases in a gruff voice.    Stay tuned for a bonus episode with some personal anecdotal outtakes!   CONTENT WARNING: Suicidal ideation and behaviour, substance and alcohol use & abuse, childhood neglect and trauma, swearing, use of stigmatizing/ableist descriptors (in context of the show).    Follow Maz’s instagram here!    Follow Psychocinematic on Instagram and Twitter! or join our Facebook Group! Email us at psychocinematicpodcast@gmail.com! AND our Patreon is here.   REFERENCES   Schizophrenia: DSM-5 Definition  Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and OCD  Complex post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) - symptoms, causes and treatments | healthdirect  What Netflix's 'Russian Doll' Gets Right (and Wrong) About Mental Illness (still in Steph’s iphone tabs after 2.5 yrs) Natasha Lyonne explains 'Russian Doll' Season 2 finale, more - Los Angeles Times In 'Russian Doll,' inherited Holocaust trauma spills through generations -- via time travel – The Forward  Charlie Barnett Breaks Down Alan's Visits to the Past in 'Russian Doll' Season 2  'Russian Doll' Star Charlie Barnett Understands The Beauty Of Letting Go | HuffPost Entertainment  Russian Doll is a weird, wonderful, and necessary exploration of mental health The Atlantic: Russian Doll , debunking Crazy  'Russian Doll' season 2 ending explained by Natasha Lyonne The Cruel Twist of 'Russian Doll' - The Atlantic Ready Steady Cut: Russian Doll Season 2: Did Nadia cause Nora's mental breakdown    NOTE: This podcast is not designed to be therapeutic, prescriptive or constitute a formal diagnosis for any listener, nor the characters discussed. The host is not representative of all psychologists and opinions stated are her own personal opinion, based on her own learnings and training (and minimal lived experience). Host and co-hosts do not have the final say and can only comment based on their own perspectives, so please let us know if you dispute any of these opinions – we are keen for feedback! Editor: Nic Fornasier, Music: Michael Watson, Artwork: Bronte Poynts

Monday May 30, 2022

TRANSCRIPT HERE Our lovely guest host Clary Garrett starts off our episode by generously discussing her experience with perinatal depression, anxiety and psychosis, and what it was like to re-visit her experience while filming You Can’t Ask That on ABC. Clary and Steph then get deep into the depiction of postnatal depression on Netflix’s Big Mouth spinoff series, Human Resources. Do we overthink it too much, or just enough? Don’t forget our fundraiser in honour of today’s episode and to watch Clary’s episode! (Links below!)   CONTENT WARNING: Discussions of birth trauma, suicidal ideation and self harm behaviour, psychosis, mention of domestic violence.    Watch the episode of You Can’t Ask That featuring Clary on the ABC Wednesday 1st of June at 9pm or stream it on Iview NOW! Follow Clary @clazagain on instagram or tiktok!   Fantastic resources for Perinatal Mental Illness: Gidget Foundation - donate to our campaign through Patreon or directly HERE PANDA COPE    REFERENCES:  Perinatal anxiety and depression: Signs and symptoms | PANDA  Post-partum psychosis | The Royal Women's Hospital Netflix's 'Human Resources' is shockingly heartfelt  Netflix's Human Resources season 1 recap guide: Episodes 1 to 10 - Page 5  'Human Resources' Review: Netflix's Uneven 'Big Mouth' Spinoff  'God, I was disgusting!' – Ali Wong on why women's bodies are the last taboo | Comedy | The Guardian How Ali Wong's Stand-Up Became The 30-Something Woman's 'What To Expect' | HuffPost Entertainment 

Thursday May 26, 2022

TRANSCRIPT HERE Who can build a sunrise? Sprinkle it with dew? Not Roald Dahl that’s for sure. Maz Fornasier returns to discuss the 1971 cult movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, based off the 1964 novel by Roald Dahl*. Come with us as we explore the racist origins of the Oompa Loompas, the eccentric character of Willy Wonka, and the themes of fatphobia, classism, and ableism throughout the story on film. We also ask the question - did Roald Dahl actually hate children?    *And no, we will not be talking about the 2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, because the world is talking enough about John Depp.  CONTENT WARNING: Discussion of ableism, racism, antisemitism, body shaming and fatphobia, mention of sexual assault, lots of swears, we both use the terms “dumb” and “stupid” relating to antisemitic comments a few times, apologies.   Follow Maz’s instagram here!    Follow Psychocinematic on Instagram and Twitter! or join our Facebook Group! Email us at psychocinematicpodcast@gmail.com! AND our Patreon is here.   REFERENCES Tessa Dahl: Roald Dahl's daughter on life with her father, the best-selling children's author | Daily Mail Online Roald Dahl: Inside His Anti-Semitism and Complicated Legacy | Time  Gene Wilder And His Alzheimer's Secret (forbes.com) From pygmies to puppets: what to do with Roald Dahl's enslaved Oompa-Loompas in modern adaptations?  The Oompa Loompas Were African Slaves In The 1964 Book  'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory' Star on Being an Oompa-Loompa (VIDEO)  My life as an Oompa Loompa: 'Willy Wonka was my first and favourite film' | Movies | The Guardian  From pygmies to puppets: what to do with Roald Dahl's enslaved Oompa-Loompas in modern adaptations?  NOTE: This podcast is not designed to be therapeutic, prescriptive or constitute a formal diagnosis for any listener, nor the characters discussed. The host is not representative of all psychologists and opinions stated are her own personal opinion, based on her own learnings and training (and minimal lived experience). Host and co-hosts do not have the final say and can only comment based on their own perspectives, so please let us know if you dispute any of these opinions – we are keen for feedback! Editor: Stephanie Fornasier Music: Michael Watson Artwork: Bronte Poynts

Thursday May 05, 2022

TRANSCRIPT HERE    We finally did it listeners, we’ve covered our first Disney film! Of course it’s the ridiculously popular Encanto (2021), which no one has stopped singing ever since it turned up mid pandemic. Join Steph and her Disney expert bestie Heidy White as they delve into the themes of intergenerational trauma, family expectation & pressure, and the inevitable resulting variety of mental illnesses. Sorry but we’re going to be talking about Bruno. A lot. Follow Heidy on instragram here: @mystgrrlreviews and @3six5beauty. She also reviews restaurants with her partner at @thefoodnomilist. CONTENT WARNING: Trauma, war, emotional manipulation/abuse. References: 'Encanto': Therapists ARE talking about Bruno -- and other characters from the movie - CNN 5 mental health lessons in Disney's 'Encanto' - Caring Magazine Psychology Today: Four Powerful Lessons From Disney's Encanto Experts Share How We Can Use 'Encanto' to Talk to Our Kids About Mental Health We Need to Talk About Bruno: Trauma in Encanto | Newport Academy ** Very Well Mind: We Need to Talk About Bruno: What Encanto Tells Us About Intergenerational Trauma ENCANTO – an Alternative Lens review – Alternative Lens (alternative-lens.com) Encanto Theory: Each Madrigal either has a mental illness/issue or their character represents one. : DisneyTheories (reddit.com) What is 'DARVO' and how is it used against survivors of violence? | SBS Voices **Please note, this article uses Dr Nicole La Pera’s work which we make reference to in the episode (otherwise known as the Holistic Psychologist)- while her Inner Child work is valid, useful work, she has been noted as problematic in other ways (See here: https://www.vice.com/en/article/935zxv/therapists-and-fans-are-turning-against-instagrams-holistic-psychologist ) DISCLAIMER: This podcast is not designed to be therapeutic, prescriptive or constitute a formal diagnosis for any listener, nor the characters discussed. The host is not representative of all psychologists and opinions stated are her own personal opinion, based on her own learnings and training (and minimal lived experience). Host and co-hosts do not have the final say and can only comment based on their own perspectives, so please let us know if you dispute any of these opinions – we are keen for feedback! Editor: Stephanie Fornasier Music: Michael Watson Artwork: Bronte Poynts Follow Psychocinematic on Instagram!: psychocinematicpodcast and Twitter!: twitter.com/psychocinematic or join our facebook group (search for Psychocinematic Podcast) or email us at psychocinematicpodcast@gmail.com! AND our Patreon is here.            

Thursday Apr 21, 2022

TRANSCRIPT HERE  Welcome to West Covina, California, where manic pixie dreamgirls actually go on to receive appropriate mental health diagnoses. Join Steph with esteemed psychology and sleep researcher Dr Elise McGlashan, as they discuss their very favourite show and try to be impartially critical about its depiction of Borderline Personality Disorder. We talk about how while we do not ourselves have BPD, we heavily see ourselves in some of the journeys taken throughout the show, including diagnosis, therapy and accepting that antidepressants are so not a big deal.  Note: If it being a musical turns you off watching this show, you will find out that both Elise and Steph don’t typically enjoy musicals - so just watch it! Follow Elise on Instagram @emcglashan and Twitter: @elisemcglashan And read some of her research in pop science form here!: IFL Science: Why Are We Afraid of the Dark? Triple J Hack: Using your phone at night could make antidepressants less effective CONTENT WARNING: Suicidal ideation and suicidal behaviour, mental illness stigma, sex, descriptions of dissociation, childhood trauma, psychotropic medication References: Why we don’t like Dr Phil: Part One: Dr. Phil Is Even Worse Than You Think And You Probably Think He Sucks - Behind the Bastards | iHeart 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend': Rachel Bloom Talks Mental Health and Writing a New Theme Song Every Season 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' Finally Diagnosed Rebecca, And Nailed The Reality Of Living With Mental Illness Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: What It Has Meant to Me This Season Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: an all-singing, all-dancing mental-health masterpiece | TV comedy | The Guardian Rachel Bloom: Okay, Now I’ll Talk About the OCD Thing | Glamour Rachel Bloom Details Mental Health Journey in Debut Book: “I’m A Lot Happier Than I Used to Be” – The Hollywood Reporter How Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's Rachel Bloom Survived the Worst Depression of Her Life | Glamour 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' Succeeds in Portraying Mental Illness Where So Many Other TV Shows Have Failed | SELF Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Diversity, Social Responsibility and Mental Health Awareness | by Henrique Porfírio | Medium Star Vella Lovell Says ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Season 3's Mental Health Storyline Shows There’s No Wrong Way To Support A Friend (bustle.com) NOTE: This podcast is not designed to be therapeutic, prescriptive or constitute a formal diagnosis for any listener, nor the characters discussed. The host is not representative of all psychologists and opinions stated are her own personal opinion, based on her own learnings and training (and minimal lived experience). Host and co-hosts do not have the final say and can only comment based on their own perspectives, so please let us know if you dispute any of these opinions – we are keen for feedback! Host: Stephanie Fornasier Cohost: Elise McGlashan Music: Michael Watson Editor: Nicholas Fornasier Artwork: Bronte Poynts Follow Psychocinematic on Instagram!: psychocinematicpodcast and Twitter!: twitter.com/psychocinematic or join our facebook group (search for Psychocinematic Podcast) or email us at psychocinematicpodcast@gmail.com! AND our Patreon is here.

Thursday Apr 07, 2022

TRANSCRIPT HERE   The world of disability representation was on Ryan O'Connell's shoulders when Netflix gave him a deal to create a series based on his memoir of life with Cerebral Palsy. So how do we rate it? Join Steph with Peta Hooke, disability activist and creator of the I Can't Stand Podcast, as we dissect the two part series.  Follow Peta on insta at @petahooke Listen to Peta's podcast I Can't Stand here: https://www.icantstandpodcast.com/ CONTENT WARNING: Ableism, sex and sex work. REFERENCES: Cerebral palsy - Symptoms and causes - Mayo Clinic Ryan O'Connell on Special, Gay Culture, and Cerebral Palsy Netflix's "Special" Packs a Punch | Meriah Nichols Special Season 2 Review: The Subversive Netflix Series Ends in its Prime Masala: Punam Patel on What Makes Netflix’s 'Special' … Special - Character Media Newcomer Buck Andrews on 'Special' Season 2: 'It's My Coming Out Party' (tvinsider.com) NOTE: This podcast is not designed to be therapeutic, prescriptive or constitute a formal diagnosis for any listener, nor the characters discussed. The host is not representative of all psychologists and opinions stated are her own personal opinion, based on her own learnings and training (and minimal lived experience). Host and co-hosts do not have the final say and can only comment based on their own perspectives, so please let us know if you dispute any of these opinions – we are keen for feedback! Host: Stephanie Fornasier Cohost: Peta Hooke  Music: Michael Watson Editor: Nicholas Fornasier Artwork: Bronte Poynts Follow Psychocinematic on Instagram!: psychocinematicpodcast and Twitter!: twitter.com/psychocinematic or join our facebook group (search for Psychocinematic Podcast) or email us at psychocinematicpodcast@gmail.com! AND our Patreon is here.

Thursday Mar 24, 2022

TRANSCRIPT HERE In this episode, Steph gets deep on her biggest trigger of anxiety, end of life and the end of the world - as we dissect 2021's Netflix hit Don't Look Up, directed by Adam McKay. Does the film depict climate and death anxiety well, and does it do anything to help the cause? Or does it try to do too much? It's the most political we get in a while... right wingers beware! Also we disrespect Mark Rylance in the name of neurodiverse representation. Sorrynotsorry. Please watch Adam McKay’s toddler be timelessly incredible: The Landlord [UNCENSORED]   Content Warning: suicide, panic attack, death, end of life, afterlife, end of the world, swearing. Steph and Michael use some ableist words at times, we apologise (the tension was high in this one) NOTE: This podcast is not designed to be therapeutic, prescriptive or constitute a formal diagnosis for any listener, nor the characters discussed. The host is not representative of all psychologists and opinions stated are her own personal opinion, based on her own learnings and training (and minimal lived experience). Host and co-hosts do not have the final say and can only comment based on their own perspectives, so please let us know if you dispute any of these opinions – we are keen for feedback! Host: Stephanie Fornasier Cohost & music: Michael Watson Editor: Nicholas Fornasier Artwork: Bronte Poynts Follow Psychocinematic on Instagram!: psychocinematicpodcast and Twitter!: twitter.com/psychocinematic or join our facebook group (search for Psychocinematic Podcast) or email us at psychocinematicpodcast@gmail.com! AND our Patreon is here.   REFERENCES Leonardo Dicaprio's Battle With OCD - Impulse How ‘Don’t Look Up’ Assembled Its Cast, From DiCaprio to Streep | Vanity Fair Yellowjackets' Star Melanie Lynskey on Shauna, Sexism, and More - Rolling Stone ‘It parodies our inaction’: Don’t Look Up, an allegory of the climate crisis, lauded by activists | Climate crisis | The Guardian Watching Don’t Look Up made me see my whole life of campaigning flash before me | George Monbiot | The Guardian Don’t Look Up: Why the Netflix hit isn’t the climate change movie we need. (slate.com) https://www.diaryofaspectator.com/home/adam-mckays-dont-look-up-defines-apocalyptic-anxiety-for-post-trump-america-in-a-covid-era-world-no-nuance-needed https://www.movieranker.com/articles/dont-look-up-review ‘Don’t Look Up’ is a climate change allegory. These docs reveal the reality. (nbcnews.com) Gal Gadot and famous friends sing Imagine and make you cringe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQK32bwvRuI

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