Force of Destiny

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Force of Destiny

Venue Raffertys Theatre
Dates 07 October 2015

Featuring a Live Q&A with producer Mark Patterson

David Wenham stars as Robert, a renowned sculptor diagnosed with cancer of the liver.

While reeling from this news he meets Maya (Shahana Goswami), an Indian marine biologist who comes from a different world, a different reality. Robert’s passion for Maya intensifies as he confronts the agony and ecstasy of finding the love that has evaded him his entire life, just as his body is about to be taken from him. New hope comes when he’s placed on the transplant waiting list.

Force of Destiny is the most extraordinary love story from veteran filmmaker Paul Cox, made poignant because of the influence of his own experiences; falling in love, living with cancer and a life-saving liver transplant.

David Wenham and Shahana Goswami are joined by an international cast including Jacqueline McKenzie, Hannah Fredericksen, SeemaBiswas, Mohan Agashe and Terry Norris.

One of Paul Cox’s most personal and emotional films. David Wenham gives an exceptional performance.” – David Stratton

Classification: MA15+ (Strong surgical scene)
Distributor: Arena Media

Dates & Times:
Wednesday 7 October 6:30pm

Nibbles and a drink* are included in the ticket price
*Standard beer, wine or soft drink.


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Robert – David Wenham
Maya – Shahana Goswami
Hannah – Jacqueline McKenzie
Poppy – Hannah Fredericksen
Derek – Terry Norris
Louise – Genevieve Picot
Aunt – Seema Biswas
Uncle – Mohan Agashe
Dr James – Kim Gyngell


Writer & Director – Paul Cox
Producers – Mark Patterson, Maggie Miles, Baby Mathew Somatheeram
Associate Producers – Tony Llewellyn-Jones, Anil Acharya
Executive Producer – Shaun Miller
Director of Photography – Ian Jones ACS
Sound Recordist – James Currie
Production Designer – Asher Bilu
Art Director – Chris Haywood
Sculpture – Trefor Prest
Make-Up & Hair – Delia Silvan
Editors – Jonathan auf der Heide, Mark Atkin ASE
Composer – Paul Grabowsky
Sound Designers – James Currie, Tom Heuzenroeder

newthumb180x200Paul Cox

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.


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