[Art_beyond_sight_educators] John Hull 'Notes on Blindness’, 104 films
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Fri Jan 17 14:32:20 UTC 2014
In the New York Times there is an article about John Hull author of
Touching the Rock and a film made about his audio diary.
"In 1983, after years of deteriorating vision, the writer and theologian
John Hull lost the last traces of light sensation. For the next three
years, he kept a diary on audio-cassette of his interior world of
blindness. This film is a dramatization that uses his original recordings.
The Story Behind ‘Notes on Blindness’
From the Directors
In May 2011, we received a parcel containing a dusty box of eight C90
cassettes. Amid the analog crackle of the first tape, we heard a
now-familiar voice: “Cassette one. Side one. Notes on Blindness.” It was
the first time the recording had been played for almost 25 years.We had
met John and Marilyn Hull six months earlier while filming a short
documentary about the blind experience of snowfall."
Peter Middleton and James Spinney are London-based filmmakers. Their
Op-Doc "Notes on Blindness" is an official selection of the 2014
Sundance Film Festival. They are currently developing a feature-length
version <http://intodarkness.co.uk/> of the film.
‘Cognition is beautiful’
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. They were published in 1991 to critical
acclaim. The neurologist Oliver Sacks describes 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* encompases dreams, memory and imaginative life, excavating
the interior world of blindness.
PREMIERING AT SUNDANCE 2014
Into Darkness follows the story of writer and theologian John Hull after
he lost his sight in the early 1980s. For three years he kept a diary on
audiocassette – over sixteen hours in total – deconstructing his
experience of blindness in relation to his family, identity and his faith.
Into Darkness is the very first time these original recordings
have been heard in public. The film takes its structure from the
diaries, brought to life by striking cinematography, verbatim
reconstructions and creative use of archive footage.
104 films website
*104 films *make British feature films for a global audience. We are the
world leaders in disability and disadvantaged cinema and it is our
mission statement to create a tectonic shift in the representation of
disabled people both in front of and behind the camera. Our funders
include British Film Institute, Creative Skillset and Creative England.
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