What I Have Written

Director: John Hughes
Year: 1995
Duration: 102 mins

She knows this much. Her husband is lying in a coma. He is not expected to recover. She is reeling from the shock of reading his unpublished novella. The text reveals to her a life betrayed. A startling revelation. The story of a man at the end of a loveless marriage. His intensely erotic association with another woman. Fiction and reality have become indistinguishable, and yet she determines to somehow unravel this mystery. Her husband’s colleague gave her the manuscript…can he shed any light on the affair?

Production Credit

Director John Hughes, Writer John A Scott, Producers Peter Sainsbury and John Hughes.

An Early Works film Produced in association with the Australian Film Commission.


  • Winner, Best Film, Mystfest, Italy, 2006.
  • Winner, Best Feature Film – Adaptation (John A. Scott), AWG Awards, 1996.
  • Winner, Best Cinematography (Dion Beebe), Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards, 1997.
  • Nominated, Best Achievement in Cinematography (Dion Beebe), AFI Awards, 1996.
  • Nominated, Best Adapted Screeplay (John A. Scott), AFI Awards, 1996.
  • Nominated, Golden Bear Award, Berlin International Film Festival, 1996.
  • Nominated, Bronze Horse Award, Stockholm International Film Festival, 1996.

Review Quotes

“What I Have Written is an exceptional film in the annals of Australian cinema..”  Cinephilia.net.au

“…visually and narratively compelling…”  Joshua Smith, OZ Cinema.com, 1998.

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