"Miraculous...a beautiful, accessible and thoughtful work of art." — Guardian
After losing sight, John Hull knew that if he did not try to understand blindness it would destroy him. In 1983 he began keeping an audio diary. Over three years John recorded over sixteen hours of material, a unique testimony of loss, rebirth and renewal, excavating the interior world of blindness. Published in 1990, 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.’
Following on from the Emmy Award-winning short film of the same name, Notes on Blindness is an ambitious and groundbreaking work, both affecting and innovative – and one of the most essential British documentaries of the year.
Since premiering at Sundance in January 2016 (alongside our virtual reality project) the film has played at over 30 international film festivals and has been nominated for six British Independent Film Awards, including Best British Film, Best Documentary and Best Director.
★★★★★ “The genius of the film is in allowing us to understand and visualise the world of blindness… A beautiful, accessible and thoughtful work of art.” - The Guardian
★★★★★ “A visionary, lyrical film” - The Times
★★★★★ “Articulate, eloquent and soul-searching” - Observer
★★★★★ “Remarkable… a haunting, throat-catching documentary” - The List
★★★★★ “Beautiful and reassuring, Notes On Blindness is a moving and inspiring film” - Daily Mail