Paul Cox, one of Australia’s most renowned independent filmmakers, is often called an auteur for his uncompromising vision and vast body of work. This week, Cox launched his latest documentary, The Dinner Party at the Austin Hospital, Victoria in conjunction with the Organ and Tissue Authority. In the film, eight liver transplant recipients including the filmmaker, share their stories at an intimate dinner party.
The filmmaker, whose works include the AFI award winning Lonely Hearts, Man of Flowers and My First Wife, was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2009. In the documentary, Cox presents the diagnosis and its aftermath with the intense philosophical inquiry that is notable throughout his 30-year career. The Dinner Party was conceived as a gift and educational resource for community and government organisations to assist in raising awareness of the need for organ donations and to aid medical professionals’ understanding of the recipient experience. Through personal stories, The Dinner Party provides insight into the lives of organ recipients, their time spent on waiting lists, their transplant surgery and the everyday realities of living with an organ from a deceased person.
Paul Cox talks about filmmaking here in an excerpt from David Bradbury’s documentary, On Borrowed Time.
The Dinner Party is licensed under Creative Commons to enable copyright owners to share their material. Health professionals are encouraged to freely utilise this resource in their work.
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