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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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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