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Notes on Blindness - The Feature Film

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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

PRINCIPAL CAST
JOHN HULL       DAN SKINNER
MARILYN HULL    SIMONE KIRBY

WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY    PETER MIDDLETON AND JAMES SPINNEY
PRODUCERS/    
MIKE BRETT
JO-JO ELLISON
STEVE JAMISON
PETER MIDDLETON
JAMES SPINNEY
ALEX USBORNE
    
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS    LIZZIE FRANCKE
RICHARD HOLMES
MARTINE SAADA
MARK EDWARDS
NICK FRASER
KATE TOWNSEND
DAN COGAN
JASON SPINGARN-KOFF
PHILIPPA KOWARSKY
    
CO-PRODUCERS    DAVID COUJARD
ARNAUD COLINART
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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