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    Posted on: 20/06/2016

    Update: A special free tribute event for the late Paul Cox will be held in our cinemas on Thursday 30 June, 6pm. Join us afterwards in our Cafe & Bar at 7pm, all are welcome.

    Paul Cox is often lauded as the father of Australian independent cinema. With his sad passing on the 19 of June at the age of 76 our Head of Film Programs, James Hewison, remembers his legacy.

    Paul Cox Tribute video by Aden Young, a longtime collaborator with the late auteur

    Paul Cox was an irrepressible iconoclast, whose lust for life was irresistible. Only from an old soul, a classicist by some definition, could spring such an eternal humanity, forever committed to cinema. It’s not for me here to piece together his considerable oeuvre. My stitched-together souvenirs of our friendship are often particularly marked by mutually agreed disagreements, even though we did share a love of many great auteurs drawn from France, Russia, Iran & Japan. He was, as the French say, an impassioned "defender of cinema".

    Amongst those treasured souvenirs was after his transplant, he pulled up his pyjamas, grinning as he ran his finger across the scar, defiant in the face of medical science and probably god. But that of course was Paul, ever defiant. His musings in his penultimate film Force Of Destiny, which he insisted was not autobiographical, for me are best manifested in the beautiful grain of his old super 8 films that he discovered at his maze-like Albert Park home. We’d sit in his kitchen with endless servings of his “Famous Albert Park Chicken” and be nourished by his wily wit, intellect, Old World culture and sometimes melancholy. And the occasional tirade against those who didn’t quite see things his way.

    Me, my family, like many, many others will never, ever forget him. Adieu Paul.

    - Head of Film Programs, James Hewison

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