Peter Middleton and James Spinney’s critically acclaimed film Notes on Blindness has topped the documentary field with six nominations at the 2016 British Independent Film Awards (BIFA), including Best British Independent Film and Best Documentary.
Directing partners Middleton and Spinney’s Notes on Blindness (pictured), a short-turned-feature documentary which bowed at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and was a realscreen MIPTV Pick in March, details writer and theologian John Hull’s steady deterioration into total blindness through self-made audio recordings. The filmmakers combine cinematic recreations and evocative sound design with traditional documentary elements to offer viewers a sense of Hull’s journey into “a world beyond sight.”
Middleton and Spinney have also received their first BIFA nods for Best Director and The Douglas Hickox Award for a debut director.
Elsewhere, Notes on Blindness sound designer Joakim Sundstrom has received a nomination in the Outstanding Achievement in Craft, while producers Mike Brett, Jo Jo Ellison and Steve Jamison have been nominated for Breakthrough Producer.
Also nominated across the Best Documentary category alongside Notes on Blindness are Ashish Ghadiali’s The Confession: The Story of Moazzam Begg, Steven Cantor‘s Dancer, George Amponsah‘s The Hard Stop and Louise Osmond’s Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach.
More than 130 British films were submitted for consideration and 32 scripted and non-scripted British feature films have been nominated across the awards.
Winners will be announced at a Dec. 4 ceremony at the Old Billingsgate in London.
The full list of nominations can be found here.