Paul Cox

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Paul Cox
Born Paulus Henriqus Benedictus Cox
(1940-04-16) 16 April 1940 (age 74)
Netherlands
Occupation Film director

Paulus Henriqus Benedictus "Paul" Cox (born 16 April 1940) is an award-winning Australian film director.

Career[edit]

Cox was born in Venlo, Limburg, the Netherlands, the son of Else (née Kuminack), a native of Germany, and Wim Cox, a documentary film producer.[1][2] Cox emigrated to Australia in 1965, by which time he had already established a reputation as a photographer.[3]

His teaching at Prahran College of Advanced Education in the 1970s influenced a number of photographers and filmmakers, including Carol Jerrems and Bill Henson. He has collaborated with a number of screenwriters including John Clarke and Bob Ellis.

He published Reflections: An Autobiographical Journey in 1998.

His film-essay The Remarkable Mr. Kaye (2005) is a portrait of his ill friend, the actor Norman Kaye, who appeared in numerous Cox films, such as Lonely Hearts and Man of Flowers.

On 26 December 2009 he received a liver transplant. David Bradbury's 2012 documentary, On Borrowed Time, tells this story against the backdrop of his life and work, through interviews with Cox and his friends and colleagues.[4] Cox has also written a memoir, Tales from the Cancer Ward. Rosie Igusti, a fellow transplant recipient he met there, is now his partner.[5]

Cox is presently filming his come-back movie Force of Destiny, with David Wenham and Indian actress Shahana Goswami in the leads.

Filmography[edit]

Features[edit]

Shorts[edit]

  • Matuta: An Early Morning Fantasy (1965) - 23 min colour film
  • Time Past (1966) - 10 min b/w film
  • The Prince Henry's Medical Team in Vietnam (1966) - 14 min colour film
  • The Prince Henry's Story (1968) - 17 min b/w film
  • Skindeep (1968) - 40 min drama colour 16 mm film
  • Marcel (1969) - 7 min b/w 16 mm film
  • Symphony (1969) - 12 mins film
  • Mirka (1970) - 20 mins film
  • Phyllis (1971) - 35 mins colour 16 mm film
  • The Journey (1972I) - 60 mins drama film
  • The Island (1975) - 10 min colour 16 mm film
  • Ways of Seeing (1977) - 24 min film
  • Ritual (1978) - 10 min film
  • Handle With Care (1985)

Documentaries[edit]

  • Calcutta (1971) - 30 mins
  • All Set Backstage (1974) - 22 mins
  • We Are All Alone My Dear (1975) - 22 mins
  • For a Child Called Michael (1979) - 30 mins
  • The Kingdom of Nek Chand (1980) - 22 mins
  • Underdog (1980) - 53 mins
  • Death and Destiny (1984)
  • Vincent (1987)
  • The Hidden Dimension (1997) - 43 mins IMAX film
  • The Remarkable Mr. Kaye (2005)
  • Kaluapapa Heavan (2007)
  • The Dinner Party (2012)

TV[edit]

  • Paper Boy (1985) (TV)
  • The Secret Life of Trees (1986) - 25 min TV film
  • The Gift (1988)
  • Touch Me (1993) - 30 min TV episode

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ filmreference.com
  2. ^ aso.gov.au
  3. ^ Tom Ryan, "Making Silence Speak: Interview with Paul Cox", Cinema Papers, July 1977 p16-19, 94
  4. ^ On borrowed time: David Bradbury shares intimate portrait of friend and filmmaker
  5. ^ Philippa Hawker, "Comebacks", The Age, 16 April 2011, Life&Style, p. 12
  6. ^ "1991 Human Rights Medal and Awards". Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission. Retrieved 2007-08-11. 
  7. ^ "Berlinale: 1994 Programme". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2011-06-12. 

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