Previously at the ICA - Films
1 Jul 2016 – 23 Jul 2016
In 1983, after years of diminishing eyesight, academic and theologian John Hull became completely blind. To try to make sense of how this would affect the rest of his life with his new wife, Marilyn, and their newborn son, John began an audio diary. This diary was later turned into the highly acclaimed book Touching The Rock, and then an Emmy Award-winning short film by Pete Middleton and James Spinney.
And now, using actors Dan Renton Skinner and Simone Kirby to lip-synch John and Marilyn’s recordings, Middleton and Spinney have crafted a feature-length account of the couple’s life-changing experience. In this highly compassionate work—beautifully enhanced by images recalled in the diaries—the inevitable fears and confusion resulting from the loss of a key human faculty are balanced against the spiritual and intellectual discoveries John gradually made.
Notes on Blindness has an audio description app for the visually impaired which can be downloaded to smartphone devices and synchronises with the action on screen. Learn more.
Notes on Blindness, dir. Pete Middleton and James Spinney, UK 2016, 90 mins
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