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What I Have Written (1996)

Truth and fiction collide when sexual obsession leads to betrayal. A voyage of discovery realigns subject, object and victim - things are not always as they seem.


John Hughes


John A. Scott (novel), John A. Scott (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Jacobs Martin Jacobs ... Christopher Houghton / Avery
Gillian Jones Gillian Jones ... Frances Bourin / Catherine
Jacek Koman ... Jeremy Fliszar
Angie Milliken ... Sorel Atherton / Gillian
Margaret Cameron Margaret Cameron ... Clare Murnane
Nick Lathouris ... Claude Murnane
Fiona Stewart Fiona Stewart ... Meredith
Julie Forsyth Julie Forsyth ... Dr. Williams
Bronwen Gault Bronwen Gault ... Duty Nurse
Libby Stone Libby Stone ... Departmental Secretary
Ian Scott Ian Scott ... Alan Gough
Jillian Murray ... Janet Gough
Terry Kenwrick Terry Kenwrick ... Older Man
John Flaus ... Richard Morris
Isabelle Pichaud Isabelle Pichaud ... Receptionist / Waitress


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 She is reeling from the shock of reading his unpublished novella.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?

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Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

11 July 1996 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Det står skrevet See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Interesting adaptation of an excellent novel
24 April 2000 | by Steven ReynoldsSee all my reviews

Several months after returning from a trip to Europe with his wife, a poet has a near-fatal stroke. While he lies in a coma, a colleague presents the poet's wife with a novella the poet had been secretly writing at the time of his accident. The manuscript narrates their European sojourn, and suggests that the poet has been carrying on an affair, by mail, with a woman they both met in Paris. But all is not what it seems. Psychologically, this is fascinating territory, although the often unsignaled time and character shifts will be confusing for those unfamiliar with the brilliant novel on which this film is based. Those who are familiar with the novel will find it interesting to observe the way Scott and Hughes reconfigure the material for a different medium - but it loses a lot of its force because you know the delightful twist from the beginning. Read the novel first. It's magnificent. You'll then find both it and this film more enjoyable.

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