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Notes on Blindness (2016)

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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 ... See full summary »
Nominated for 3 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 4 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
John M. Hull John M. Hull ... Himself (voice)
Marilyn Hull Marilyn Hull ... Herself (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Miranda Beinart-Smith Miranda Beinart-Smith ... Imogen
Jamie Bradley ... Toni
Eileen Davies ... Madge Hull
Tim Gebbels Tim Gebbels ... Minister
Simone Kirby ... Marilyn Hull
Mahalia Martin-Jones Mahalia Martin-Jones ... Lizzie
Dan Renton Skinner Dan Renton Skinner ... John Hull (as Dan Skinner)
Sidney Warbrick Sidney Warbrick ... Thomas (as Sidney Nicholas Warbrick)
Stanley Warbrick ... Thomas (as Stanley John Warbrick)
Lorelei Winterfrost Lorelei Winterfrost ... Young Imogen Hull


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. Upon their publication in 1990, Oliver Sacks described 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 encompasses dreams, memory and imaginative life, excavating the interior world of blindness.

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Documentary | Drama


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Release Date:

1 July 2016 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Contemplación See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When it was shown on British TV, the film was made available with two soundtracks. The first was a "heightened soundtrack" produced by one of Europe's leading sound designers, Joakim Sundström, who created a rich, immersive soundtrack calibrated specifically for blind audiences, using enhanced sound design and additional audio from the characters to guide the audience through the story. The second was a more regular audio described version read by Stephen Mangan. See more »


Marilyn Hull: [I began to be terribly afraid... that something would be broken between us which could not be healed. That you were disappearing into a world where I could not follow]
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Remake of Notes on Blindness (2014) See more »

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28 February 2018 | by EdoSchipperSee all my reviews

This is such an amazing piece of work; put in the shoes of someone who loses his sight, halfway through his lifetime, which is one of my personal worst nightmares, I was in tears throughout most of this film. Sight is so essential to my every being, I cannot describe how awful it felt to me, to put myself in the shoes of someone losing perhaps the most important sense of all. It was absolutely devastating to be brought along this journey into nothingness with this film. And yet, as John puts it, it's still a gift bestowed upon him, just like this film is. The whole is so beautifully, atmospherically put together. The cinematography matches the subject so incredibly well, it works with how you could possibly show a person's story who can't see. For a person to overcome this disability, to make the most of it, to thrive on it, despite relying on all senses but his sight, is so amazingly inspirational. I found myself challenging myself to experience my senses, other than my sight more fully. I walked around my house with my eyes shut, I stood outside listening to the rain falling, I familiarised myself to my surroundings. No film to date has ever had this effect on me.

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