Notes on Blindness

After losing sight, John Hull knew that if he did not try to understand blindness it would destroy him. In 1983, after decades of steady deterioration, the writer and academic became totally blind. To help him make sense of the upheaval in his life, he began keeping a diary on audiocassette. Over three years, he recorded over 16 hours of material, a unique testimony of loss, rebirth and renewal, excavating the interior world of blindness. Published in 1991, the diaries were described by author and neurologist Oliver Sacks as “a masterpiece… The most precise, deep and beautiful account of blindness I have ever read.”

One of the most innovative documentaries of recent years, Notes on Blindness will be accompanied by an immersive VR experience based on John’s sensory and psychological experience of blindness. Each VR scene addresses a memory, a moment and a specific location from John’s audio diary, using binaural audio and real time 3D animations to create a fully immersive experience in a ‘world beyond sight’. The Notes on Blindness VR experience will tour UK cinemas in June and July 2016.

See Notes on Blindness at UK cinemas from 1 July.