Notes on Blindness: Into the darkness

Project Info

Project Description

Notes on Blindness is a feature film and multi-platform interactive project based on the audio diaries of writer and academic John Hull, who – after decades of steady deterioration – became totally blind in 1983.

To help him make sense of the upheaval in his life, he began keeping a diary on audio-cassette.

Over three years he recorded in excess of sixteen hours of material – a unique testimony of loss, rebirth and renewal, which excavates the interior world of blindness. Neurologist Oliver Sacks described John’s account as ‘the most extraordinary, precise, deep and beautiful account of blindness I have ever read. It is to my mind a masterpiece.

Based on the Emmy Award-winning short film of the same name, Notes on Blindness is the debut feature from Writer-Directors Peter Middleton & James Spinney, whose work explores new approaches in the documentary form.

Embedding original documentary elements within cinematic interpretations and textured sound design (from acclaimed Supervising Sound Editor Joakim Sundström), the filmmakers take the viewer on an illuminating and deeply personal journey deep into what John calls “a world beyond sight”.

Year : 2016
Country : UK
Tun Time : 12 min

Cast & Credits

Writer & Directors : Peter Middleton & James Spinney
Supervising Sound Editor : Joakim Sundström
Producers : Mike Brett & Steve Jamison
Producer : Jo-Jo Ellison & Alex Usborne
Co-Producers : Arnaud Colinart & David Coujard
VR Exec. Producer : Amaury La Burthe
VR Art Directors : Béatrice Lartigue, Arnaud Desjardins, Fabien Togman