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Notes on Blindness

To call British filmmakers Peter Spinney and James’ Middleton’s debut feature a documentary is to do a disservice to what is a unique sensory experience. Drawing from both Hull’s audio recordings - actors lip sync the words in filmed vignettes - and his published diaries, this is a dazzling, deeply intimate insight into a visually-impaired world.

Directors

  • Peter Middleton
  • James Spinney

Writers

  • Peter Middleton
  • James Spinney

Cast

  • Jamie Bradley
  • Eileen Davies
  • Simone Kirby

Synopsis

With the onset of blindness in the early 1980s, theologian John Hull began to keep an audio diary to help him make sense of the deterioration. Over three years, he collated more than 16 hours of material that would provide a unique testimony of what it means to lose not just your sight, but the ‘gallery of your mind'.