Notes On BlindnessHD
Pete Middleton & James Spinney
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About the Film
In 1983, after decades of steady deterioration, writer and academic John Hull became totally blind. To help him make sense of the upheaval in his life, he began keeping a diary on audiocassette. Over three years he recorded over sixteen hours of material, a unique testimony of loss, rebirth and renewal, excavating the interior world of blindness. Published in 1991, 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.’ Premiering at Sundance Film Festival in January 2016, Notes On Blindness is a multi-platform project based on John’s original audio recordings. The project includes a feature length documentary and virtual reality project released alongside the film.
As well as being touching and very thought-provoking. This is also a very philosophical and entertaining film about the great potential of the human spirit.
What are we without our sight but floating fragments of consciousness in an infinate space. The film approaches the subject with such integrity and mastery of sound and vision. A medetative work of art.
A fantastic approach to filmi making ensures the audience is captviated from the word go. It's rare that a film can leave you feeling so humbled. John was a rare soul and gives hope to all humanity.