Damien Creagh

Notes On Blindness

Peter Middleton, James Spinney

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Director                                            Peter Middleton, James Spinney
Cinematographer                             Gerry Floyd
Production Company                       Archer’s Mark

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. Over three years John recorded over sixteen hours of material, a unique testimony of loss, rebirth and renewal, excavating the interior world of blindness.

Following on from the Emmy Award-winning short film of the same name, Notes on Blindness is an ambitious and groundbreaking work, both affecting and innovative in its impressionistic re-creation of John’s slow descent into blindness.

World premiere, Sundance 2016

Winner, Best Documentary, British Independent Film Awards
Nominee, Best Director, Breakthrough Producer, Craft (sound), Douglas Hickox Award, BIFA
Nominee, Best Documentary, Best British Film, Outstanding Debut, BAFTA
Winner, Best Documentary Feature, San Francisco International Film Festival
Winner, Storytelling and Innovation Award, Sheffield International Documentary Festival
And many more nominations

“Notes on Blindness lends boldly adventurous cinematic form to the heightened experiences of an articulate, eloquent, and soul-searchingly honest subject.”
Mark Kermode, The Guardian

 “A beautiful, accessible and thoughtful work of art”
Charlie Phillips, The Guardian

“Visually, “Notes on Blindness” subtly evokes sightlessness with its many scenes with shadowy palette, figures in silhouette and brief interludes in which the screen goes dark. The strategy brings out the dazzling beauty of moments shot in brilliant color.”
Stephen Holden, New York Times

 “Who knew that a tale of blindness could be so visionary and so beautifully photographed on screen?”
Kate Muir, The Times

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