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

Wednesday 29 July, 2015


Cancer Council’s support services for people affected by cancer will be in the spotlight through a unique partnership with director Paul Cox on his new feature film Force of Destiny, which opens the 64th Melbourne International Film Festival tomorrow night.

The powerful film is based on Paul’s experience of being diagnosed with liver cancer, and undergoing a lifesaving liver transplant. The love story stars David Wenham, Shahana Goswami, Jacqueline McKenzie, Hannah Fredericksen and Terry Norris.

“Cancer affects almost every family in Australia in one way or another,” Paul says. “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 is keen to ensure all film goers are aware of the wide range of cancer information and support services available via 13 11 20. These include support groups and information provided in languages other than English. 

Director of Support Services at Cancer Council Victoria, Nicola Quin, 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, which takes us on the journey of one man diagnosed with cancer and the impact it has on those around 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 to make sure they have all the information and support they need.”

Dorothy Yiu helped set up a cancer support group for Melbourne’s Chinese community 20 years ago. 

“The most important thing is for people affected by cancer to realise that they are not alone. We are here to talk, to listen, to share experiences, support and encourage each other.”

Dorothy’s story is being launched today ahead of Force of Destiny’s Australian premiere tomorrow and can be viewed at

For further information, or interviews, please contact:

Tegan Forder on 03 9514 6566 / 043 886 4529 or