|Born||Paulus Henrique Benedictus Cox
16 April 1940
|Died||18 June 2016(aged 76)|
Paulus Henrique Benedictus "Paul" Cox (16 April 1940 – 18 June 2016) was a Dutch-Australian filmmaker, who has been recognized as "Australia's most prolific film auteur". "Cox's delicate films have been pockmarked with life's uncertainty. Loneliness within relationships is a staple of the Cox oeuvre, too". David Wenham states, "There is no one like Cox.... He is unique, and we need him, and people like him.... He is completely an auteur, because everything you see on the screen, and hear, has got Paul's fingerprints all over it."
Life and career
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. Cox emigrated to Australia in 1965, by which time he had already established a reputation as a photographer. In the late 1960s Cox travelled to Papua New Guinea with Ulli Beier whose interest was indigenous poetry, drama and creative writing. In the resulting book of Cox’s photographs of village life were set to poems written by Beier’s students. Beier and Cox later published a book on Mirka Mora
His teaching at Prahran College of Advanced Education in the 1970s with Athol Shmith and John Cato influenced a number of photographers and filmmakers, including Carol Jerrems. Cox 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 (1982) and Man of Flowers (1983). In 2006 he became the Patron of the Byron Bay Film Festival.
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. Cox has also written a memoir, Tales from the Cancer Ward. Rosie Igusti, a fellow transplant recipient he met there, later became his partner.
Cox's last film Force of Destiny, with David Wenham and Indian actress Shahana Goswami was released in July 2015. Wenham plays a sculptor and transplant patient who falls in love with a patient he meets in the hospital ward.
- Cox, Paul (1970). Human Still Lives from Nepal. s.n. (Mentone, Vic.: Alexander Bros.)
- Cox, Paul, & Ulli Beier (1971). Home of Man: The People of New Guinea. Melbourne: Thomas Nelson (Australia)
- Beier, Ulli, & Paul Cox (1980). Mirka. South Melbourne, Victoria: Macmillan.
- 1977 Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney: Photography by Athol Shmith and Paul Cox
- 2009 Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne: Paul Cox, 6 – 29 August
- 2011 Mars Gallery, Melbourne: Paul Cox
- 2011 Monash Gallery of Art: Age of Aquarius: Photography of Paul Cox, 7 April – 19 June
- Illuminations (1976)
- Inside Looking Out (1977)
- Kostas (1979)
- Lonely Hearts (1982)
- Man of Flowers (1983)
- My First Wife (1984)
- Cactus (1986)
- Island (1989)
- Golden Braid (1990)
- A Woman's Tale (1991)
- The Nun and the Bandit (1992)
- Exile (1994)
- Lust and Revenge (1996)
- Molokai: The Story of Father Damien (1999)
- Innocence (2000)
- The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky (2001)
- Human Touch (2004)
- Salvation (2008)
- Force Of Destiny (2015)
- Matuta: An Early Morning Fantasy (1965) – 23 min colour film
- Time Past (1966) – 10 min b/w film
- on YouTube (1966) – 14 min colour film
- on YouTube (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
- 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)
- Paper Boy (1985) (TV)
- Handle With Care (1985)
- The Secret Life of Trees (1986) – 25 min TV film
- The Gift (1988)
- Touch Me (1993) – 30 min TV episode
- 1984 Vallidolid International Film Festival – Golden Spike: Man of Flowers
- 1984 AFI Award – Best Director & Best Screenplay: My First Wife
- 1986 Flanders International Film Festival – Golden Spur: My First Wife
- 1991 Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Feature Film Award for A Women's Tale
- 1992 Flanders International Film Festival – Golden Spur: A Woman's Tale
- 1993 Brisbane International Film Festival – Chauvel Award: for dintiguished contribution to Australian Cinema
- 1994 44th Berlin International Film Festival – Golden Bear (nominated): Exile
- 2000 Taormina International Film Festival – FIPRESCI Prize: Innocence
- 2000 Montréal World Film Festival – Grand Prix des Amériques: Innocence
- 2000 IF Awards – Best Feature Film: Innocence
- 2003 Montréal International Festival of Films on Art – Jury Prize: The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky
- 2004 Montréal World Film Festival – Grand Prix des Amériques: Human Touch
- Dow, Steve (25 April 2015). "Paul Cox: Force Of Life". The Weekly Review.
- "Paul Cox Biography (1940-)", Film Reference.
- "Cactus (1986)", Australian Screen.
- Tom Ryan, "Making Silence Speak: Interview with Paul Cox", Cinema Papers, July 1977 pp. 16–19, 94.
- Cox, Paul, & Ulli Beier (1971). Home of Man: the people of New Guinea. Thomas Nelson (Australia), Melbourne
- Stephen Zagala (2012), "Photographing the Pacific" in S. Dupont (2012), Raskols (Postcards from the Rim), Goulburn Gallery, Goulburn Regional Gallery, 20 September - 20 October.
- Beier, Ulli, & Paul Cox (1980). Mirka. South Melbourne, Victoria: Macmillan.
- About whom Cox co-edited a biography Cox, Paul (ed.); Gracey, Bryan (ed.) (2013), John Cato: Retrospective, Melbourne: Victoria Wilkinson Publishing, ISBN 978-1-922178-09-1
- King, Natalie, 1966- & Heide Museum of Modern Art (2010). Up Close: Carol Jerrems with Larry Clark, Nan Goldin and William Yang. Heide Museum of Modern Art: Schwartz Media, Melbourne.
- Cox, Paul; Cox, Paul, 1941 (1998), Reflections: An autobiographical journey, Currency Press, ISBN 978-0-86819-549-0
- "About Byron Bay Film Festival".
- Margaret Burin and Joanne Shoebridge, "On borrowed time: David Bradbury shares intimate portrait of friend and filmmaker", ABC, 13 June, 2013.
- Cox, Paul (2011), Tales from the Cancer Ward, Transit Lounge, ISBN 978-0-9808462-3-2
- Philippa Hawker, "Comebacks", The Age, 16 April 2011, Life&Style, p. 12.
- Adams, Phillip. "National Living Treasures-I've Got Another List". The Australian. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
- "Paul Cox, Australian film maker and frequent collaborator with David Wenham, dies age 76", The Guardian, 19 June 2016.
- "1991 Human Rights Medal and Awards". Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission. Retrieved 2007-08-11.
- "Berlinale: 1994 Programme". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2011-06-12.
- Paul Cox at the Internet Movie Database
- Paul Cox: "An interview with Paul Cox, director of Innocence: 'Filmmakers have a duty to speak out against the injustices in the world'", World Socialist Web Site, 6 January 2001,
- Raven Evans, "'I Can Respect The Stupidity Of People Who Think That Speed Is Beauty,' Agrees Paul Cox", 19 May 2009.
- Richard Phillips, "'Cinema must have a social conscience' — Veteran filmmaker Paul Cox discusses his latest feature", World Socialist Web Site, 16 November 2015.
- Paul Cox: "Fight the good fight", Paul Cox's Opening Night Speech of BBFF2015 
- Richard Phillips, “'Cinema has the potential to make us richer in spirit'—filmmaker Paul Cox (1940–2016)”, World Socialist Web Site, 11 July 2016.