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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 on audiocassette. Upon their publication in 1990,... See more »

  • Nominated for 3 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 4 wins & 12 nominations.
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John M. Hull ...
Self (voice)
Marilyn Hull ...
Self (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Miranda Beinart-Smith ...
Madge Hull
Tim Gebbels ...
Marilyn Hull
Mahalia Martin-Jones ...
Dan Renton Skinner ...
John Hull (as Dan Skinner)
Sidney Warbrick ...
Thomas (as Sidney Nicholas Warbrick)
Stanley Warbrick ...
Thomas (as Stanley John Warbrick)
Lorelei Winterfrost ...
Young Imogen Hull

Directed by

Peter Middleton
James Spinney

Written by

Peter Middleton ... ()
James Spinney ... ()

Produced by

Adam Booth ... head of production
Mike Brett ... producer
Dan Cogan ... executive producer
Arnaud Colinart ... co-producer
David Coujard ... co-producer
Mark Edwards ... executive producer
Jo Jo Ellison ... producer
Lizzie Francke ... executive producer
Nick Fraser ... executive producer
Richard Holmes ... executive producer
Steve Jamison ... producer
Philippa Kowarsky ... executive producer
Peter Middleton ... producer
Jenny Raskin ... co-executive producer / co-producer
Martine Saada ... executive producer
Jason Spingarn-Koff ... executive producer
James Spinney ... producer
Kate Townsend ... executive producer
Alex Usborne ... producer

Music by

James Ewers
Noah Wood

Cinematography by

Gerry Floyd

Film Editing by

Julian Quantrill

Editorial Department

Christopher Heasman ... play back assist
Dusan Petkovic ... post-production superviser
Tom Rogers ... post production consultancy: Molinare

Casting By

Amy Hubbard

Production Design by

Damien Creagh

Art Direction by

Jessica Danielle Smith

Set Decoration by

Elena Riccabona

Costume Design by

Julia Drummond-Haig

Makeup Department

Nicola Iles ... hair & make-up assistant
Lisa Mustafa ... makeup designer
Gloria Peñaranda ... hair stylist / makeup artist
Chiara Ugolini ... hair and make-up artist

Production Management

Pascha Hanaway ... production manager
Emma Kayee ... production manager: BFI

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Darren Baba ... second assistant director: dailies
Jessica Benhamou ... second assistant director
Yuvraj Chauhan ... assistant director
James Evered ... second assistant director
Beatrice Giustini ... third assistant director
Pascha Hanaway ... second assistant director
Matt Houghton ... second unit director
Tom Lancaster ... first assistant director
Zoe McCarthy ... third assistant director
Guy Murray-Brown ... first assistant director
Sheena Patel ... third assistant director
Eduard Vijulie ... second assistant director

Art Department

Annalisa Andriani ... buyer: dailies
Amelia Bennett ... art department assistant
Samantha Dabrowski ... art department trainee: dailies (as Samanta Dabrowska)
Niamh Farrelly ... art department trainee
Charles Gordon ... art department assistant: dailies
Patricia Grigorescu ... art department assistant: dailies
Dora Zudenigo Milas ... art department assistant: dailies
Amaya Valentina ... stand-by art director

Sound Department

Alex Alcántara ... assistant re-recording mixer
Per Boström ... re-recording mixer
Toño Cubillo ... assistant sound: post-production
Christer Melén ... sound effects editor
Ulf Olausson ... foley artist
Pepe Pleguezuelos ... facility sound manager
David Silverin ... foley recordist
Joakim Sundström ... sound designer / supervising sound editor / supervising sound editor: sound designer
Javier Valdés ... facilities manager
Ricardo Viñas ... dolby atmos sound consultant

Special Effects by

John Rafique ... special effects foreman
Nick Rideout ... special effects supervisor

Visual Effects by

Måns Björklund ... visual effects executive producer: ILP
Manuela Cripps ... visual effects producer: ILP
Bobo Skipper ... visual effects supervisor: ILP
David Wahlberg ... digital compositor: ILP

Camera and Electrical Department

Emin Atilgan ... second assistant camera
Andrew Bainbridge ... steadicam operator
Josh Brooks ... steadicam operator: dailies
Salvador Gomez-Lopez ... gaffer
Malte Hübner ... first assistant camera: dailies
Danny MacGregor ... assistant camera: second unit (as Daniel MacGregor)
Yiannis Manolopoulos ... steadicam operator
Agatha A. Nitecka ... still and specials photographer
James Rhodes ... director of photography: second unit
Emilio Schläppi ... Steadicam Operator (as Emilio Schlappi)

Casting Department

Florence Izen-Taylor ... casting assistant
Hannah Marie Williams ... extras casting

Location Management

Ben Ahmed ... location manager
Naomi Ashcroft ... location manager

Music Department

Sarah Bridge ... music supervisor
Richard Harwood ... musician: principal cello

Additional Crew

Adam Booth ... Head of Production
Steven H. Cohen ... financier
Cynthia De Souza ... head of development
Paula M. Froehle ... financier
Andrew Georgiou ... production accountant
Paul Hillier ... insurance
Dora Zudenigo Milas ... floor runner
Sofia Noronha ... production assistant intern
Martin Simms ... film liaison
Dean Threadgold ... production assistant
Javier Valdés ... head stage manager


Sally Abbott ... thanks
Clare Coulter ... thanks
Lauren Dark ... thanks
Gavin Humphries ... thanks
Steve Joberns ... thanks
David Kimbangi ... thanks to
Barry Kimm ... thanks
Barnaby Laws ... thanks
Tina McFarling ... thanks
Yurandi Poots ... thanks

Production Companies



  • Artificial Eye (2016) (United Kingdom) (theatrical)
  • Bosco Films (2019) (Spain) (theatrical)
  • ARTE (2016) (Austria) (tv)
  • ARTE (2016) (Germany) (tv)
  • ARTE (2016) (Belgium) (tv)
  • ARTE (2016) (France) (tv)
  • ARTE (2016) (Switzerland) (tv)
  • BOND360 (2016) (United States)

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Other Companies



Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Une Expérience de l'Obscurité (France)
  • Im Dunkeln sehen - Notizen eines Blinden (Germany)
  • Contemplación (Spain)
  • 聽見光明 (Taiwan)
  • Notatki o ciemnosci (Poland)
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  • 90 min
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Trivia 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 »
Movie Connections Remake of Notes on Blindness (2014). See more »
Quotes John M. Hull: What I remember about you most vividly in those years was your amazing practicality. You never expressed regrets. You just got on with the next thing, step by step. The way you did that, I always thought was incredible.
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