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Notes on Blindness (2016)

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In the summer of 1983, just days before the birth of his first son, writer and theologian John Hull went blind. In order to make sense of the upheaval in his life, he began keeping a diary ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 3 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 4 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
John M. Hull ...
Himself (voice)
Marilyn Hull ...
Herself (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Miranda Beinart-Smith ...
Imogen
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Madge Hull
Tim Gebbels ...
Minister
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Marilyn Hull
Mahalia Martin-Jones ...
Lizzie
Dan Renton Skinner ...
John Hull (as Dan Skinner)
Sidney Warbrick ...
Thomas (as Sidney Nicholas Warbrick)
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Thomas (as Stanley John Warbrick)
Lorelei Winterfrost ...
Young Imogen Hull
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In the summer of 1983, just days before the birth of his first son, writer and theologian John Hull went blind. In order to make sense of the upheaval in his life, he began keeping a diary on audiocassette. Upon their publication in 1990, Oliver Sacks described the work as 'the most extraordinary, precise, deep and beautiful account of blindness I have ever read. It is to my mind a masterpiece.' With exclusive access to these original recordings, NOTES ON BLINDNESS encompasses dreams, memory and imaginative life, excavating the interior world of blindness.

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1 July 2016 (UK)  »

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Im Dunkeln sehen - Notizen eines Blinden  »

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When it was shown on British TV, the film was made available with two soundtracks. The first was a "heightened soundtrack" produced by one of Europe's leading sound designers, Joakim Sundström, who created a rich, immersive soundtrack calibrated specifically for blind audiences, using enhanced sound design and additional audio from the characters to guide the audience through the story. The second was a more regular audio described version read by Stephen Mangan. See more »

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John M. Hull: What I remember about you most vividly in those years was your amazing practicality. You never expressed regrets. You just got on with the next thing, step by step. The way you did that, I always thought was incredible.
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Spin-off Notes on Blindness (2016) See more »

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Insightful and Emotional
24 September 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Notes on Blindness is an insight into the life of John Hull, an academic who, as he descended into the darkness of total blindness, began to record his thoughts and feelings on the process. These very recordings are lip-synced by the actors and they, along with a unique visual style, attempt to recreate John's perspective on his experience. Obviously this is not a slapstick comedy but the end-product is moving and it's taught me a lot about blindness that I'd never considered. He has a slightly different take on going blind to some others so it's always going to be a personal and subjective viewpoint. Magnificent bit of film-making and the thought that this is the Director's first feature is hard to credit. Give it a best documentary Oscar now.


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