Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

MY FIRST WIFE

Year: 1984
Country: Australia
Run Time: 99 minutes

MY FIRST WIFE

Dutch-born Australian director Paul Cox ("Lonely Hearts," "Man of Flowers") continues to focus on alienation and loneliness in today's society in MY FIRST WIFE, his 6th film. John (John Hargreaves) is a self-absorbed composer and classical disk jockey. Certain of a negative reply, he asks his wife, Helen (Wendy Hughes) if she's ever been unfaithful. He's opened a can of worms; not only is Helen having an affair, she's taking their daughter and leaving him. His world collapsed, John can't cope and obsessively tries to restore order in ways that make everything worse. A harrowing portrait of the traumatic disintegration of a marriage, MY FIRST WIFE won Australian Academy Awards for Best Actor, Best Director and Best Screenplay.

Screenplay
Paul Cox, Bob Ellis

Producer
Jane Ballantyne, Paul Cox

Cinematography
Yuri Sokol

Editing
Tim Lewis

Principal Cast
John Hargreaves, Wendy Hughes, Lucy Angwin, Anna Jemison

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