"Your consciousness is evacuated. Your past memories, your interests, your perception of time...The place itself, the world itself. One must recreat eone's life." (From the film)


Notes on Blindness

SUMMARY

Cognition is beautiful.

In the summer of 1983, just days before the birth of his first son, writer and theologian John Hull went blind. In order to make sense of the upheaval in his life, he began keeping a diary on audiocassette. Upon their publication in 1990, Oliver Sacks described the work as "the most extraordinary, precise, deep and beautiful account of blindness I have ever read. It is to my mind a masterpiece." With exclusive access to these original recordings, Notes on Blindness encompasses dreams, memory and imaginative life, excavating the interior world of blindness.

FESTIVALS

2016 SUNDANCE

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Peter Middleton studied Visual Arts. He has been working with James Spinney for the past five years on a range of fiction, documentary and commercial projects. They adapted John Hull's diary material into a series of award winning short films. The first of these, Rainfall, won the Best Short Documentary Award at Hot Docs 2013. Notes on Blindness (2016) is the feature version of their Emmy-winning short of the same name. James Spinney studied Visual Arts. He has been working with Peter Middleton for the past five years on a range of fiction, documentary and commercial projects. They adapted John Hull's diary material into a series of award winning short films. The first of these, Rainfall, won the Best Short Documentary Award at Hot Docs 2013. Notes on Blindness (2016) is the feature version of their Emmy-winning short of the same name.

CREDITS


  • Director
    PETER MIDDLETON, JAMES SPINNEY
  • Screenplay
    PETER MIDDLETON, JAMES SPINNEY
  • Cinematography
    GERRY FLOYD
  • Editing
    JULIAN QUANTRILL
  • Music
    JAMES EWERS
  • Cast
    DAN SKINNER, SIMONE KIRBY
  • Producer
    MIKE BRETT, JO-JO ELLISON, STEVE JAMISON, PETER MIDDLETON, JAMES SPINNEY, ALEX USBORNE
  • Production Co.
    ARCHER’S MARK
  • Distributor
    CINEPHIL,