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  • Film goers told they don’t have to face cancer alone

    11 September 2015

    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 powerful 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 beginning in September.

    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 SA Chief Executive, Lincoln Size, 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,” Mr Size said.

    “These realities are brought to life on film in Force of Destiny, which takes us on the journey of one man diagnosed with cancer. This not only transforms his life in unexpected ways, but also those close to him.

    “Everybody’s cancer journey is different – but we all need information and support along the way.

    “Our experienced 13 11 20 cancer nurses are waiting to take calls from anyone affected by cancer – whether it’s a person with cancer, a survivor, their family, friends, school or workplace - to make sure they have all the information and support they need.”

    Force of Destiny will screen in Adelaide at Palace Nova East End as part of a special Cancer Council supported screening on Saturday 19 September. Members of the crew and cast will be in attendance.

    For more information on the film visit www.forceofdestiny.com.au.

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