John Hull (1935-2015) was a theologian/professor at The University of Birmingham who, at the age of 48 lost his sight, which had been failing for some time. "To understand blindness, to seek its meaning, to retain the fullness of my humanity," he explained at the time, the man began an audio diary, recording his physical, emotional, intellectual and philosophical responses to this life-changing situation.
On Sight and Insight: A Journey into the World of Blindness -- which has now taken that further step into a motion picture adaptation titled NOTES ON BLINDNESS via two fledgling filmmakers, Peter Middleton and James Spinney (shown above, with Mr. Middleton on the right). The pair worked closely with the Hull family in the making of the film (Hull died last year before he could see the result of his collaboration), and their modus operandi was to use Hull's actual recordings for all the film's dialog -- which is confined to Hull, and occasionally his wife, speaking aloud -- which has then been lip-synched by the two actors involved (Dan Skinner, below, right, who looks a good ten to fifteen years younger than 48) and Simone Kirby, shown at bottom).
TrustMovies also found the film's time-line a bit confusing. At about the fifteen-minute point, we're told that two years have passed. But then, toward the end, it is still only 1985, and the film, or so I thought, began in 1983.
BOND/360 and running 86 minutes -- comes to its close. It makes its U.S. theatrical debut this Wednesday, November 16, in New York City at Film Forum, and then the following Friday it will open in Los Angeles at Laemmle's Monica Film Center. Elsewhere? Over the next few weeks and months, the film will play a number of cities across the country. Click here to see all currently scheduled playdates, cities and theaters.