Notes on Blindness
Pete Middleton & James Spinney, 90 min, Documentary/ Drama, English, UK, 2016
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 audiocassette.
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’.
The movie was premiered at the 2016 Sundance International Film Festival. It has received the Special Jury Prize at San Francisco Film Festival, the Innovation & Storytelling Award and the Alternate Realities VR Award at Sheffield Doc/ Fest and the Storyscapes Award at Tribeca Film Festival. It was also screened at a number of festivals like Rotterdam International Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival, Sydney International Film Festival, New Zealand Film Festival and Istanbul Independent Film Festival.