Oliver Sacks Film: Panel Discussion

BLR’s editor-in-chief Danielle Ofri moderated a conversation with Kate Edgar, Dr. Sacks’ longtime writing collaborator and Executive Director of the Oliver Sacks Foundation, and Bill Hayes, partner of the late Dr. Sacks and co-editor of the posthumous books.

Danielle, Kate and Bill talk about the new Oliver Sacks documentary, about Oliver’s life, his writings, his patients, his memoir, and what it was like to know this unique and complex person.


A month after receiving a terminal cancer diagnosis in January 2015, Oliver Sacks sat for a series of interviews. Surrounded by family, friends, and notebooks from six decades of thinking and writing, he talked about his life and work, his abiding sense of wonder at the natural world, and the place of human beings within it.

Drawing on these deeply personal reflections, as well as nearly two dozen interviews with close friends, family members, colleagues and patients, and archival material from every point in his life, this film is the story of a beloved doctor and writer who redefined our understanding of the brain and mind.