This film screening is part of the British Council’s Inclusive Arts Programme. Inclusion, diversity and equality are at the core of the British Council’s cultural relations aims and part of building trust, respect and understanding between the UK and Singapore.
Title: Notes on Blindness, 2016, (90 mins)
Director: Peter Middleton and James Spinney
Date: Sunday 27 November
Time: 11 am
Venue: Filmgarde, Bugis+
Relying entirely on the audio diaries of John Hull, an English-based academic and professor, Notes On Blindness is a recreation of his experiences going blind over those initial three years. Aided by the extraordinary work of actors Dan Skinner and Simone Kirby, who lip-synced to the exact recordings on-screen, Hull’s journey through frustration and paranoia belie his humane and compassionate nature.
Through his observations on life, nostalgia and acceptance, directors Peter Middleton and James Spinney paint a moving picture of Hull’s brimming wisdom. Replete with visually arresting shots and coupled with a remarkable sound design, the film is a deeply insightful
and ethereally poetic documentary. It is breathtakingly cinematic, rendering blindness as truthfully as can be on an ostensibly visual medium
Peter Middleton and James Spinney are multi-platform filmmakers, working together for the past six years with John Hull’s diary material. Their previous works include Rainfall, which won Best Short Documentary Award at Hot Docs 2013. Notes On Blindness is their
first feature, adapted from a similarly-titled short film of the same name which won an Emmy Award.