★★★★★ “The genius of the film is in allowing us to understand and visualise the world of blindness… A beautiful, accessible and thoughtful work of art.” - The Guardian, Charlie Phillips
- The New York Times, Stephen Holden
To read the entire New York Times review, click HERE.
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.
Published in 1990, the diaries were described by author and neurologist Oliver Sacks as, ‘A masterpiece… The most precise, deep and beautiful account of blindness I have ever read.’
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 – and one of the most essential British documentaries of the year.
The film premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival (alongside our virtual reality project), as well as winning the Special Jury Prize at the 59th San Francisco Film Festival and the Wellcome Trust Innovation and Storytelling Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest.
NOTES ON BLINDNESS is intended to be an entirely inclusive and rewarding experience for all. There are four different versions of the film designed for the blind, partially sighted, and hard of hearing. Click HERE for more information.
EXPERIENCE BLINDNESS THROUGH VIRTUAL REALITY
Winning awards and gaining international acclaim, NOTES ON BLINDNESS: INTO DARKNESS is the virtual reality project created in conjunction with the film. It is an entirely immersive presentation in which users will 'feel' what it’s like to be blind by entering John Hull’s world “beyond sight.” Created with Binaural audio, 3D animations, and the Unity Game Engine, this multi-sensory, fully interactive project pushes storytelling to new realms. Winner of the Storyscapes Award at Tribeca Film Festival and the Alternate Realities VR award at Sheffield Doc/Fest.
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Additional Film Info:
Director: Peter Middleton & James Spinney
Subjects: Arts & Culture, Ethics, Human Rights, Psychology, Religious Studies
Genres: Documentary, Arts & Culture
Length: 82 mins.