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, Golden Bear Award, Berlin International Film Festival, 1996.
Nominated, Bronze Horse Award, Stockholm International Film Festival, 1996.
“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.
“What I Have Written conjures, marvelously, but with a lethal undertone, a story about storytelling. Yet this is what the film prompts me to ask: Is the cinema, for all the flickering ephemerally of its images, itself thin air? And is there some “real” that exists before, and outside of, the cinematic experience?… At its most exciting, the cinema can generate new relationships that turn upside down all our predictable ways of conceiving time and presence. It does this not through representing ideas, but through an enactment, through apprehending the senses, through the matter of cinema. What I Have Written does this sensationally through conjuring, out of thin air, something that matters.” – Lesley Stern, “Severed Intensities”, Cinema Papers, February 1996.
“John Hughes has a unique film style.He layers images and texts using a Dadaist technique to provoke a critical reading of the film. This makes his films complex to watch because they work outside a familiar film language and do not meet our expectations. Hughes likes to challenge the viewer on all levels.” – Catherine Gough-Brady, Dox Magazine, Winter 2009.