• Genre: Documentary
  • Duration: 86 min
  • Director: Peter Middleton and James Spinney
  • Producer: Mike Brett / Jo-Jo Ellison /
  • Steve Jamison / Alex Usborne
  • Co-production: Archer’s Mark / Agat Films & Cie / ARTE France
  • In association with: Fee Fie Foe Films / 104 Films
  • Completion: Spring 2016
  • With support from: Creative England / the BFI / Impact Partners / ARTE France /
    BBC Storyville / Cinereach / BRITDOC / New York Times / PROCIREP-ANGOA and SFI


Notes on Blindness is a feature film and multi-platform interactive project based on the audio diaries of writer and academic John Hull, who – after decades of steady deterioration – became totally blind in 1983.

To help him make sense of the upheaval in his life, he began keeping a diary on audio-cassette.

Over three years he recorded in excess of sixteen hours of material – a unique testimony of loss, rebirth and renewal, which excavates the interior world of blindness. Neurologist Oliver Sacks described John’s account as ‘the most extraordinary, precise, deep and beautiful account of blindness I have ever read. It is to my mind a masterpiece.’