Notes on Blindness - The Feature Film
Based on the Emmy Award-winning short film of the same name, Notes on Blindness is the debut feature from Writer-Directors Peter Middleton & James Spinney.
Drawing on John’s original audio recordings, Notes on Blindness is a poetic and intimate story of loss, rebirth and transformation, charting his extraordinary journey into ‘a world beyond sight’.
To compliment this archive material, the filmmakers recorded over twenty hours of audio interviews with John and his wife Marilyn. These audio interviews are interwoven throughout the film’s soundtrack, forming a lyrical narration, with the couple reflecting on events from a distance of thirty years.
This wealth of documentary audio material is embedded within cinematic interpretations, in which actors play John and his family, lip-synching to this documentary audio. This innovative creative approach liberates the scope of the film to explore the interior aspects of John’s journey into blindness – John’s dream life, his memories and flights of imagination.
The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2016 and will be released in the UK in summer 2016 through Curzon Artificial Eye.
Notes on Blindness is an Archer’s Mark production, in association with Fee Fie Foe Films and 104 Films , and in co-production with Agat Films & Cie and ARTE France. It has been supported by Creative England, the BFI, Impact Partners, ARTE France, BBC Storyville, Cinereach, BRITDOC, New York Times and PROCIREP-ANGOA.
NOTES ON BLINDNESS - FILM CREDITS
JOHN HULL DAN SKINNER
MARILYN HULL SIMONE KIRBY
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY PETER MIDDLETON AND JAMES SPINNEY
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS LIZZIE FRANCKE
CO-PRODUCERS DAVID COUJARD
CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS JENNY RASKIN
CINEMATOGRAPHER GERRY FLOYD
PRODUCTION DESIGNER DAMIEN CREAGH
EDITOR JULIAN QUANTRILL
CASTING DIRECTOR AMY HUBBARD CSA CDG
SUPERVISING SOUND EDITOR JOAKIM SUNDSTRÖM
ORIGINAL MUSIC JAMES EWERS
NOTES ON BLINDNESS is an Archer’s Mark production, in association with Fee Fie Foe Films and 104 Films, and in co-production with Agat Films & Cie and ARTE France. It has been supported by Creative England, the BFI, Impact Partners, ARTE France, BBC Storyville, Cinereach, BRITDOC, New York Times and PROCIREP-ANGOA.
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