Directed by Peter Middleton and James Spinney
90 min | 2016 | UK | Not Rated
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 1990 under the title ‘Touching the Rock’, 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.’ Notes on Blindess 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.
Winner: Best Documentary–2016 British Independent Film Awards, Special Jury Prize–2016 San Francisco Int’l Film Festival, Storytelling & Innovation Award–2016 Sheffield Doc/Fest