Nov 9-13, 2017

Notes on Blindness

DIRECTED BY PETER MIDDLETON AND JAMES SPINNEY

Run Time: 90 mins UK Language: English

Synopsis

After losing his 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.’

An innovative and emotionally engaging film, the film premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and won the Special Jury Prize at the 59th San Francisco Film Festival. The brilliant virtual reality supplement to this film, Notes on Blindness – Into Darkness, based on John’s sensory and psychological experience of blindness, will be on view in The Brandon at Brasil November 11-13.

Peter Middleton and James Spinney have made a miraculous piece of work that combines lip-synced recreations of Hull’s verbal adventures with stagings of Hull’s vivid dreams of sight- edness…The genius of the film is in allowing us to understand and visualize the world of blindness… A beautiful, accessible and thoughtful work of art.

— Charlie Philips, The Guardian

After losing his 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.’

An innovative and emotionally engaging film, the film premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and won the Special Jury Prize at the 59th San Francisco Film Festival. The brilliant virtual reality supplement to this film, Notes on Blindness – Into Darkness, based on John’s sensory and psychological experience of blindness, will be on view in The Brandon at Brasil November 11-13.

Peter Middleton and James Spinney have made a miraculous piece of work that combines lip-synced recreations of Hull’s verbal adventures with stagings of Hull’s vivid dreams of sight- edness…The genius of the film is in allowing us to understand and visualize the world of blindness… A beautiful, accessible and thoughtful work of art.

— Charlie Philips, The Guardian

Film Details

UK, 2016
DIRECTED BY PETER MIDDLETON AND JAMES SPINNEY
WRITTEN BY PETER MIDDLETON AND JAMES SPINNEY CINEMATOGRAPHY BY GERRY FLOYD
EDITED BY JUAN QUANTRILL
MUSIC BY JAMES EWERS, NOAH WOOD
CAST: DAN RENTON SKINNER, JOHN M. HULL, SIMONE KIRBY
RUNNING TIME: 90 MINS

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