Update: Note Pad June 2016

181 Notes on Blindness

Award-winning documentary in cinemas and on demand from 1 July 2016.

In the early 1980s, after decades of steady deterioration, writer and academic John Hull lost his sight. To help him make sense of the ensuing upheaval in his life, he began to keep an audio diary. Over three years he created more than 16 hours of material. Based on his published diaries and these recordings, Notes on Blindness recreates John Hull’s experiences through an immersive combination of documentary, dramatic reconstruction and highly sensory cinematic techniques and sound design.

An ambitious and ground-breaking work, Notes on Blindness has been described as one of the most essential British documentaries of the year. In his 5-star review for the Guardian on 15 June, Charlie Phillips writes: “Hull’s is a one-off story. It’s entirely appropriate that he’s got a one-off documentary that pushes the form. This is a beautiful, accessible and thoughtful work of art”.

John Hull died in 2015. In his writing, he sought to bring blind and sighted people closer together, and in building on his work, Notes on Blindness aims to be an inclusive and rewarding experience for all audiences. Full information with details of the soundtrack options, including audio description, can be found here.

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