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WATCH: Trailer Unveiled for Intimate Documentary ‘Oliver Sacks: His Own Life’

The documentary will celebrate the extraordinary life of neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks

Oliver Sacks
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The trailer has been released for “Oliver Sacks: His Own Life,” a personal documentary that celebrates the life of the late British neurologist Oliver Sacks, who sadly passed away nearly five years ago.

Known for his incredible literary works as well as his medical findings, among them was a memoir entitled “Awakenings” written in 1973 that was adapted into a film in 1990 starring Robin Williams and Robert De Niro. The latter received a nomination for Best Actor and the film itself found itself competing in the Best Picture category.

This upcoming documented memoir will include interviews with those that knew Sacks best and will look to celebrate his extraordinary life.

The following is the synopsis for “Oliver Sacks: His Own Life” as written in the press release unveiling the trailer:

“Oliver Sacks: His Own Life explores the life and work of the legendary neurologist and storyteller, as he shares intimate details of his battles with drug addiction, homophobia, and a medical establishment that accepted his work only decades after the fact. Sacks, known for his literary works Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, was a fearless explorer of unknown cognitive worlds who helped redefine our understanding of the brain and mind, the diversity of human experience, and our shared humanity. The film features exclusive interviews with Sacks conducted just weeks after he received a terminal diagnosis, and months prior to his death in August 2015, and nearly two dozen deeply revealing and personal interviews with family members, colleagues, patients, and close friends.”

The documentary is directed by Ric Burns, a three-time Emmy Award winner whose work includes “American Masters” and the mini-series “The American Civil War.”

The press release reveals that the documentary will be “opening theatrically at Film Forum & theatrically and on virtual cinema platform Kino Marquee nationwide late Summer and Fall 2020.” Kino Marquee is an initiative that has created a number of virtual theatres that has allowed films and documentaries to be seen during the COVID-19 pandemic while supporting the industry.

Below is the full trailer for “Oliver Sacks: His Own Life:”

Poster for the movie "Oliver Sacks: His Own Life"
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Written by Bradley Weir

Recently graduated from the UK with a degree in film. Passionate about all things movies, especially the awards season!


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