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Notes on Blindness


Filmmakers James Spinney and Peter Middleton set out to accomplish a seemingly impossible task—visually capturing the internal essence of blindness. Their entry point is writer and theologian John Hull, who, between 1983 and 1986, kept a series of audio diaries that documented his experience after losing his eyesight. 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.” Using Hull’s remarkable insights and unsentimental articulations about going blind, Spinney and Middleton craft a film of breathtaking vision and innovation.

Painstakingly recreating Hull’s life during the early 1980s, Notes on Blindness re-imagines both the realities of his deteriorating condition as well as his more ephemeral and abstract feelings about his life, as it slipped into a new, altered state of being. The result is a powerful ode to the beauty of words and the imagination, where surreal landscapes and elegantly detailed reenactments blend into a visceral, surreal, one-of-a-kind viewing experience.

This project is also a VR experience. See page Notes on Blindness - Into Darkness for more information.

YEAR 2016

SECTION NF Films & Performances

COUNTRY United Kingdom/France

RUN TIME 87 min


EMAIL stephanie@frankpublicity.com

PHONE 201.704.1382


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Artist Bio

Peter Middleton and James Spinney

Peter Middleton and James Spinney have co-directed award-winning fiction films and documentaries that include Rainfall, winner of the 2013 Best Short Documentary Award at Hot Docs (Toronto), and the Emmy Award-winning short film Notes on Blindness, which was commissioned by The New York Times and premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.