NOTES ON BLINDNESS

PETER MIDDLETON & JAMES SPINNEY

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 audio-cassette.

Beautiful, accessible and thoughtful work of art.

CHARLIE PHILLIPS, GUARDIAN

Based on the Emmy Award-winning short of the same name, Notes On Blindness is the debut feature film from Peter Middleton & James Spinney. The film utilises a creative approach to the documentary for m: actors lip-synch to the voices of the family, with the filmmakers embedding John’s original audio recordings within evocative cinematic compositions and textured sound design.

The film won the Special Jury awar d at the 2016 San Francisco Film Festival, the Storytelling & Innovation award at the 2016 Sheffield Doc/Fest, the Golden Frog Award for cinematography in a docu-drama at Camerimage, and was nominated for six British Independent Film Awards, where it took home the prize for ‘Best Documentary’.

Beautiful, accessible and thoughtful work of art.

CHARLIE PHILLIPS, GUARDIAN

Launching alongside the feature film, Notes On Darkness : Into the Darkness – is a fully immersive Virtual Reality project co-produced with Ex Nihilo, ARTE France, and AudioGaming.

John’s original diary recordings form the basis of the project, a six-part interactive documentary using binaural audio, VR and r eal time 3D animations to explore his cognitive and emotional experience of blindness.

Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness was awarded the prestigious Storyscapes Award at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, the Alternate Realities VR award at the 2016 Sheffield Doc/Fest, and Best Online Pr oject at Prix Europa. You can view the teaser trailer here.

www.notesonblindness.co.uk/vr

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