Born in Holland auteur Paul Cox migrated to Australia in the mid 60s as a trained photographer and went on to become one of the country’s most prolific, individualistic/original and internationally acclaimed filmmakers.

After experiencing World War II as a child in Europe, Cox first arrived in Australia as an exchange student in 1963, went back to Holland returning two years later as a migrant. He told The Melbourne Age newspaper: 'I needed to outgrow the shadows of a heavy European past, a horrible youth. And it freed me here. This country let me blossom, and then closed in on me."

Initially a teacher of photography, Cox made impressionistic shorts and documentaries between the mid 60s and mid 70s, and from then predominantly focused on low budget and artistic features. His films of the early and mid 80s - Lonely Hearts (1981), Man of Flowers (1983), and My First Wife (1984) – were highly acclaimed both locally and internationally. 

Over a 35 year filmmaking career, the signature traits  of Cox’s work are a deep humanism, a poignant and realistic focus on relationships, eclecticism, and a profound affinity with the arts evident in his two stand-out films, Vincent: The Life and Death of Vincent van Gogh (1987) and The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky (2001) and recent film essay homage to his actor friend and collaborator, The Remarkable Mr Kaye (2005).

He tackled subjects that others eschewed such as terminal illness and ageing, evident in the poignant A Woman’s Tale (1991) and highly acclaimed Innocence (2000), about the love affair between two septegenarians.

An international film festival favourite whose retrospectives include New York’s prestigious Lincoln Centre, Cox is one of the true independents in Australia, increasingly compelled to fund his own films or find his finance overseas funding overseas where his work has been more appreciated. One of his most ardent fans is America’s most respected critic (syndicated through 200 newspapers), Roger Ebert.

Currently Cox is fighting liver cancer, yet between chemotherapy sessions, still continues to promote his latest film, Salvation.