Film goers told they don't have to face cancer alone

Updated 26 Jun 2017.


Film goers will be offered information and support from Cancer Council under a unique partnership with director Paul Cox on his new feature film Force of Destiny.

The film is based on Paul's experience of being diagnosed with liver cancer, and undergoing a lifesaving liver transplant. The love story, starring David Wenham, Shahana Goswami and Jacqueline McKenzie, premiered at the 64th Melbourne International Film Festival in July.

Force of Destiny will be seen across the country in a series of Cancer Council supported screenings. The film will be shown in Perth at Cinema Paradiso on Monday September 21. 

Cancer Council has developed a souvenir cinema programme for the screenings, providing a behind-the-scenes look at the film as well as cancer information and support services available to all those affected by cancer.

"We are extremely grateful for the support of the Cancer Council," Paul said. "Cancer affects almost every family in Australia in one way or another.

"We hope that our film creates a larger awareness of the need to care for and support each other, and to remain hopeful. This was very important to me during my illness."

Cancer Council Australia CEO Professor Sanchia Aranda said support services were there for anyone diagnosed with cancer, as well as their family, friends and colleagues.

"A cancer diagnosis can be devastating for an individual, and affects many people surrounding them. These realities are brought to life on film in Force of Destiny.

"Everybody's cancer journey is different - but we all need information and support along the way. Our experienced 13 11 20 cancer support team are waiting to take calls from anyone affected by cancer - whether it's a patient, a survivor, their family, friends, school or workplace - to make sure they have all the information and support they need."

Cancer Council supported screenings of Force of Destiny in WA are scheduled for:

6:30pm, Monday 21 September, 2015 Cinema Paradiso, Perth

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