Notes on Blindness

In 1983, after years of failing sight, John Hull, a professor of theology in Birmingham, England, became completely blind. Soon after, he began keeping an audio diary, saying, I had to think about blindness, because if I didnt understand it, it would defeat me. The understanding he reached, through years of quiet and sometimes painful probing, was profound: Oliver Sacks called the published version of Hulls diaries the most extraordinary, precise, deep and beautiful account of blindness I have ever read. In this penetrating and eloquent documentary, filmmakers Peter Middleton and James Spinney have mined Hulls original tapes as well as interviews with Hull and his wife to evoke Hulls inner world. The film combines the voices of Hull and his family  performed by actors and woven into a sensitive sound design by the accomplished sound editor Joakim Sundström  with images that represent his experiences, memories and dreams through reenactment and metaphor. Tracing Hulls struggle to retain the fullness of my humanity, Notes on Blindness conjures both the loveliness of a visual world tragically lost to him and the value of what remains. For Hull, out of sight was never out of mind.  Juliet Clark, San Francisco International Film Festival

Year: 2016
Genre: General Docos, Disabilities, Biography, Film Festivals 2016
Country: UK
Director: Peter Middelton, James Spinney
Duration: 90 Minutes
Rating: Ex
Location in store: Documentary (Biographies)



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