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Paul Cox

Matuta: An Early Morning Fantasy (Paul Cox, 1965) 16mm, 23 min.

Time Past* (Paul Cox, 1966) 16mm, 10 min.

Skindeep (Paul Cox, 1968) 16mm, 40 min.

Marcel (Paul Cox, 1969) 16mm, 7 min.

Symphony (Paul Cox, 1969) 16mm, 12 min.

Mirka* (Paul Cox, 1970) 16mm, 16 min.

Calcutta* (Paul Cox, 1970) doco; 16mm, 30 min.

Phyllis (Paul Cox, 1971) 16mm, 35 min.

Journey, The (Paul Cox, 1972) Alan Money, Norman Kaye; 16mm, 60 min.

All Set Backstage (Paul Cox, 1976) Prahran College of Advanced Education, doco; 16mm, 22 min.

We Are All Alone My Dear* (Paul Cox, 1975) on the Innocence* DVD; doco about people in a nursing home for the aged; 16mm, 22 min.

Island* (Paul Cox, 1975) 16mm, 10 min.

Illuminations* (Paul Cox, 1976) wr. Paul Cox, prod. Tibor Markus, dp Paul Cox and Brian Gracey, design Alan Srubenrauch, eds Paul Cox, Russell Hurley; Gabriella Trsek, Tony Llewellyn-Jones, Norman Kaye, Alan Money, Sheila Florance, Athol Shmith; Melbourne, colour, 16 mm, 74 min.

Inside Looking Out* (Paul Cox, 1977) aka Two in the Family; prod. Bernard Eddy, Illumination Films, wrs Paul Cox, Susan Holly Jones, dp Paul Cox, design Alan Srubenrauch, composer Norman Kaye, ed. Paul Cox; Juliet Bacskai, Briony Behets, Tony Llewellyn-Jones, Norman Kaye, Elke Neidhardt; Sydney, colour, 35 mm, 88 min.; emotional study of disintegrating marriage, set over the course of a weekend

Ways of Seeing (Paul Cox, 1977) 16mm, 24 min.

Ritual (Paul Cox, 1978) 16mm, 10 min.

Apostasy (Zbigniew [Peter] Friedrich, 1979) Rod McNicol, Juliet Bacskai, Phil Motherwell, Paul Cox; review by Scott Murray in Murray 1995: 28; fantasy; 108 min.

Kostas* (Paul Cox, 1979) prod. Bernard Eddy for Kostas Film Productions, wr. Linda Aronson, from an idea by Paul Cox, dp Vittorio Bernini, music Mikis Theodorakis, design Alan Stubenrauch, ed. John Scott; Takis Emmanuel, Chris Haywood, Wendy Hughes, Kris McQuade, Tony Lewellyn-Jones, John Waters; Kostas is a Greek migrant; Eastman colour, 35mm, 100 min.

For a Child Called Michael (Paul Cox, 1979) doco; 16mm, 30 min.

Kingdom of Nek Chand, The* (Paul Cox, 1980) doco; 16mm, 22 min.

Underdog (Paul Cox, 1980) doco; 16mm, 53 min.

Lonely Hearts* (Paul Cox, 1982) prod. John B. Murray for Adams Packer Film Productions, wr. John Clarke, Paul Cox, dp Yuri Sokol, music Norman Kaye, design Neil Angwin, ed. Tim Lewis; Wendy Hughes, Norman Kaye; AFI Best Film 1982; Eastman colour, 35mm, 95 min.

An honest little film: quasi-documentary.

Man of Flowers* (Paul Cox, 1983) prod. Jane Ballantyne, Paul Cox for Flowers International, wr. Paul Cox, Bob Ellis, dp Yuri Sokol, design Asher Bilu, ed. Tim Lewis; Norman Kaye (AFI Best Actor), Alyson Best, Chris Haywood, Sarah Walker, Julia Blake, Bob Ellis, Barry Dickins, Patrick Cook, Victoria Eagger, Werner Herzog; Fuji colour, 35mm, 91 min.

This is the best of the Australian 'art' films, in all the meanings of the term. Why is it not available on DVD/digitally?

Death and Destiny: A Journey into Ancient Egypt (Paul Cox, 1984) doco; 16mm, 120 min.

My First Wife* (Paul Cox, 1984) wr. Bob Ellis; John Hargreaves (AFI Best Actor), Wendy Hughes

It's only about a guy cracking up over the loss of his wife, but bringing together the brilliance of Ellis and Hargreaves and Cox's conviction makes it impossible to ignore.

Paper Boy (Paul Cox, 1985) wr. Bob Ellis; children's telemovie; 16mm, 53 min.

Handle with Care (Paul Cox, 1985) wr. Anne Brooksbank; telemovie; Anna Maria Monticelli, Monica Maughan, Nina Landis, Lucinda Cowden, Alex Taifer, Norman Kaye; 90 min.

Cactus* (Paul Cox, 1986) wr. Paul Cox, Bob Ellis & Norman Kaye, prods Jane Ballantyne & Paul Cox for Dofine, dp Yuri Sokol, design Asher Bilou, ed. Tim Lewis; Sheila Florance, Peter Aanensen, Isabelle Huppert, Norman Kaye, Bunduk Marika, Monica Maughan, Robert Menzies; Robert (Robert Menzies) is blind from birth, and interested in cacti; Fuji colour, 35 mm, 95 min.

Secret Life of Trees, The (Paul Cox, 1986) wr. Paul Cox; children's telemovie; 16mm, 25 min.

Vincent* (Paul Cox, 1987) aka Vincent: The Life and Death of Vincent Van Gogh; 35mm, 95 min.

Gift, The* (Paul Cox, 1988) children's telemovie; Nicholas Hatjiandreou, Vicki Serbos, Alexis Anthopoulos, Constantin Laras, Rena Frangloudakis, Peter Felmingham, Margaret Ford, Michael Milsom, Victoria Eagger, Barry Dickins, Ken James, Bill McCluskey; prod. Geoffrey Daniels, Patricia Edgar, Michael Friedman, Tony Llewellyn-Jones; music Tassos Ioannides, dp Nino Gaetano Martinetti; part of Touch the Sun, a TV series commissioned by the Australian Children's Television Foundation in 1988 as part of the Australian Bicentenary celebrations; 16mm, 90 min.

Island (Paul Cox, 1989) wr. Paul Cox; Irene Papas, Eva Sitta; 35mm, 95 min.

Golden Braid* (Paul Cox, 1990) wr. Paul Cox; Chris Haywood, Gosia Dobrowolska, Paul Chubb, Norman Kaye; based on story by Guy de Maupassant, "La chevelure"; 35mm, 88 min.

Woman's Tale, A* (Paul Cox, 1991) Sheila Florance (AFI Best Actress), Gosia Dobrowolska, Norman Kaye, Chris Haywood; 35mm, 93 min.

Nun and the Bandit, The (Paul Cox, 1992) wr. Paul Cox, novel by E. Grant Watson; two brothers kidnap girl and the nun comes along also; filmed Maldon, Bacchus Marsh; 35mm, 92 min.

Touch Me (Paul Cox, 1993) wr. Paul Cox, Barry Dickins, Margot Wilbierd; part of TV series Erotic Tales; 35mm, 26 min.

Exile* (Paul Cox, 1994) wr. Paul Cox, novel Priest Island by E. L. Grant Watson, dp Nino Marinetti; Aden Young, Beth Champion, Claudia Karvan, Norman Kaye, David Field, Chris Haywood, Barry Otto, Hugo Weaving, Tony Llewellyn-Jones, Nicholas Hope; feature went straight to video; Young is exiled to an island in C19 for sheep-stealing; filmed in Tasmania; 35mm, 96 min.

Lust and Revenge* (Paul Cox, 1996) wr. Paul Cox, John Clarke, dp Nino Martinetti; Nicholas Hope, Claudia Karvan, Chris Haywood, Gosia Dobrowolska, Victoria Eagger, Norman Kaye, Ulli Birve, Robert Menzies, Bryan Dawe, John Hargreaves, Max Gillies, Wendy Hughes, Pamela Rabe; SAFC, FFC; 35mm, 97 min.

The Hidden Dimension (Paul Cox, 1997) IMAX 3D; 43min.

Molokai: The Story of Father Damien* (Paul Cox, 1999) wr. John Briley, dp Nino Martinetti; Peter O'Toole, David Wenham, Derek Jacobi, Leo McKern, Kris Kristofferson, Sam Neill, Tom Wilkinson, Aden Young; set and shot on the island of Molokai in Hawaii, in a former leper colony, Australian national release 20 June 2002, 123 min.

Innocence* (Paul Cox, 2000) wr. Paul Cox; Charles Tingwell, Julia Blake, Terry Norris, Robert Menzies, Marita Dusseldorp, Chris Hayward; Toronto 2000; 35mm

Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky, The* (Paul Cox, 2001) 35mm, 90 min.

Human Touch* (Paul Cox, 2004) prod. Mark Patterson, wr. Paul Cox, dp Ian Jones; Aaron Blabey, Jacqueline McKenzie, Chris Haywood, Rebcca Frith; beautiful young woman in an unhappy marriage decides to model nude for an aging, blind, impotent artist (Chris Haywood); with his encouragement, she embarks on an affair with his young wife, while Haywood "watches" them with his hands so that he can then translate their experiences into art; premiere Melbourne Film Festival July 2004; Toronto FF September 2004; FFC budget $2,118,882, box office $24,924; Australian release 14 April 2005; released in Australia by Magna Pacific to DVD rental 8 March 2006; 35mm, 101 min.

Salvation* (Paul Cox, 2007) Natalia Novikova, Bruce Myles, Wendy Hughes, Kim Gyngell, Alex Menglet, Richard Piper, Maggie Miles, Chris Haywood, Terry Norris, Bud Tingwell, Julia Blake, Deidre Rubenstein, Tony Llewellyn-Jones, Rodney Afif, Loene Carmen, Hamish Michael, Barry Humphries; 35mm, 98 min.

Force of Destiny (Paul Cox, 2015) wr. Paul Cox; David Wenham, Jacqueline McKenzie, Shahana Goswami; a journey of love on a waiting list

Documentaries about Paul Cox

Journey with Paul Cox, A* (Gerrit Messiaen, Rob Visser, 1996) documentary, broadcast SBS

A Stranger in the World (Alexander Bohr, 1997) aka Ein Fremder in der Welt; doco

On Borrowed Time (David Bradbury, 2011) doco; 57 min./86 min.

Interview with Paul Cox

'Dancing around childhood', Earshot, ABC

Books by Paul Cox

Beier, Ulli & Paul Cox, Home of Man: The People of New Guinea, The, Nelson, 1971.

Cox, Paul, Human Still Lives from Nepal, S.I., 1971.

Beier, Ulli & Paul Cox, Mirka, Macmillan, 1980.

Cox, Paul, Vincent: The Life and Death of Vincent van Gogh: Study Notes for the Film, ATM, 1980.

Cox, Paul & Wim Cox, I Am, 1997.

Cox, Paul, Tales from the Cancer Ward, Transit Lounge, Melbourne, 2011.

Cox, Paul, Three Screenplays: Lonely Hearts, My First Wife, A Woman's Tale, Currency, 1998.

Cox, Paul, Reflections: An Autobiographical Journey, Currency, 1998.

References and Links

Boehringer, Käthe, 'Lonely Hearts', Filmnews, Nov-Dec 1982

Buckmaster, Luke 2015, 'Film-maker Paul Cox: 'I was supposed to be dead quite a few times now', The Guardian, 24 September.

Connolly, Keith, 'Kostas', Cinema Papers, 22, July-Aug 1979

Enker, Debi, interview with Paul Cox, Cinema Papers, 46, July 1984

Gibson, Ross, 'My First Wife', Filmnews, Aug-Sept 1984

Greenwood, Helen, 'Man of Flowers', Cinema Papers, 44-5, April 1984

IMDb entry

Martin, Adrian, 'Cactus', Filmnews, September 1986

Mousoulis, Bill, Innersense, March, 2005

Phillips, Richard, Interview with Paul Cox, World Socialist Web Site, 6 Jan, 2001

SBS entry, with links to interviews

Stratton, David, Interview with Paul Cox, At the Movies, ABC, text and video

Tanskaya, Alissa, 'A Woman's Tale', Cinema Papers, 85, November, 1991

Tyndall, Philip, 'Paul Cox: Filmmaker', Senses of Cinema, 9, Sep-Oct 2000

Tyndall, Philip, 'The Diaries Of Vaslav Nijinsky: the culmination of a career', Senses of Cinema, Issue 20, May-June 2002

Wikipedia entry

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