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MIPTV Picks ’16: Notes on Blindness

Writer and academic John Hull experienced a steady deterioration of his eyesight over the years which culminated in total blindness in 1983. Compelled to chronicle his experience, he amassed over 16 hours of audio material - commentary that forms the backbone of this project.
March 15, 2016


Partners: Archer’s Mark in assoc. with Fee Fie Foe Films, 104 Films; coproduced by Agat Films & Cie, ARTE France; supported by Creative England, the BFI, Impact Partners, ARTE France, BBC ‘Storyville,’ Cinereach, Britdoc, New York Times and PROCIREP-ANGOA; worldwide sales handled by Cinephil
Length: 87 minutes
Premiered: January 2016 (Sundance)
Rights available: Worldwide excluding UK, France, Germany
Writer and academic John Hull experienced a steady deterioration of his eyesight over the years which culminated in total blindness in 1983. Compelled to chronicle his experience, he kept a diary on audio cassette over three years, amassing over 16 hours of material – commentary that forms the backbone of this project. Combining cinematic recreations and evocative sound design with traditional documentary elements, the film gives viewers a sense of the mystery inherent in what Hull, who passed away last year during principle photography on the feature, called “a world beyond sight.”

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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