|My First Wife|
|Directed by||Paul Cox|
|Produced by||Paul Cox|
|Written by|| Bob Ellis |
|Starring|| John Hargreaves |
|Music by||Ann Boyd|
|Edited by||Tim Lewis|
|13 September 1984|
|Box office||A$413,199 (Australia)|
My First Wife is a 1984 Australian drama film directed by Paul Cox. The film won several AFI Awards in 1984.
Paulus Henrique Benedictus Cox as Paul Cox, was a Dutch-Australian filmmaker, who has been recognized as "Australia's most prolific film auteur". "Cox's delicate films have been pockmarked with life's uncertainty. Loneliness within relationships is a staple of the Cox oeuvre, too". David Wenham states, "There is no one like Cox.... He is unique, and we need him, and people like him.... He is completely an auteur, because everything you see on the screen, and hear, has got Paul's fingerprints all over it."
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