NOTES ON BLINDNESS

By James SPINNEY, Peter MIDDLETON

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Documentary - Completed 2016

After losing sight, John Hull knew that if he did not try to understand blindness it would destroy him. In 1983 he began keeping an audio diary.
John’s recordings form a unique testimony of loss, rebirth and renewal, documenting his extraordinary journey into ‘a world beyond sight’.

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& Awards

Sundance Film Festival 2016
New Frontier
Rotterdam IFFR 2016
Voices
    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Documentary, Biography, First film
    • Countries
    • UNITED KINGDOM
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • N/A
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • James SPINNEY, Peter MIDDLETON
    • Producer(s)
    • Mike BRETT (ARCHER'S MARK), Jo-jo ELLISON (ARCHER'S MARK), Steve JAMISON (ARCHER'S MARK), Peter MIDDLETON (ARCHER'S MARK), James SPINNEY (ARCHER'S MARK), Alex USBORNE (ARCHER'S MARK)
    • Synopsis
    • In 1983, after decades of steady deterioration, writer and theologian John Hull became totally blind. To help him make sense of the upheaval in his life, he began documenting his experiences on audio cassette. Upon publication, John’s diaries were described by author and neurologist Oliver Sacks as ‘a masterpiece… The most precise, deep and beautiful account of blindness I have ever read.’
      Following the Emmy Award-winning short film of the same name, NOTES ON BLINDNESS takes a creative approach to the documentary form. Actors lip-synch to the voices of the family, embedding John’s original audio recordings within compelling cinematography and textured sound design. The result is a poetic and intimate story of loss, rebirth and transformation, documenting John’s extraordinary journey into ‘a world beyond sight’.
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