Paul Cox, is an auteur of international acclaim. Born in Holland, he migrated to Australia in the mid 1960’s. Initially working as a stills photographer and teaching at Prahran College Paul has retained his love of photography whilst also becoming one of Australia’s most prolific and individualistic filmmakers. Paul Cox’s early films were impressionistic shorts and his early features, Lonely Hearts (1981), Man of Flowers (1983) and My First Wife (1984) were highly acclaimed both locally and internationally. Over a 40 year career, the signature traits of Paul Cox’s work are a deep humanism, a poignant and realistic focus on relationships and a profound affinity with the arts, no more evident than in his two stand-out documentaries; Vincent: The Life and Death of Vincent van Gogh (1987) and The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky (2001).
Paul Cox tackles subjects that others eschew, evident in the poignant A Woman’s Tale (1990) exploring terminal illness and ageing, for which Sheila Florance won an AFI Award for most outstanding actress, and Innocence (2000) about the love affair between two septuagenarians. An international film festival favourite, Paul Cox is one of the true independent filmmakers of Australian cinema.