Notes on Blindness



Relying entirely on the audio diaries of John Hull, an English-based academic and professor, Notes On Blindness is a recreation of his experiences going blind over those initial three years. Aided by the extraordinary work of actors Dan Skinner and Simone Kirby, who lip-synced to the exact recordings on-screen, Hull’s journey through frustration and paranoia belie his humane and compassionate nature.

Through his observations on life, nostalgia and acceptance, directors Peter Middleton and James Spinney paint a moving picture of Hull’s brimming wisdom. Replete with visually arresting shots and coupled with a remarkable sound design, the film is a deeply insightful and ethereally poetic documentary. It is breathtakingly cinematic, rendering blindness as truthfully as can be on an ostensibly visual medium.


  • web-6-nob-director-petermiddletonweb-6-nob-director-jamesspinney Peter Middleton and James Spinney are multi-platform filmmakers, working together for the past six years with John Hull’s diary material. Their previous works include Rainfall, which won Best Short Documentary Award at Hot Docs 2013. Notes On Blindness is their first feature, adapted from a similarly-titled short film of the same name which won an Emmy Award.
  • Mike Brett, Jo-Jo Ellison, Steve Jamison, Peter Middleton, James Spinney, Alex Usborne
  • Peter Middleton, James Spinney
  • Dan Skinner, Simone Kirby
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