Notes on Blindness: Rainfall

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Film Title: Notes on Blindness: Rainfall

Length: 3’45”

Stepping out into the rain John is captivated by the rich and varied soundscape that envelops him: the water splashing in the blocked gutter, cascading down the wall, rhythmically drumming into the water-soaked lawn. For the past five months John has been living in total blindness – r­estricted to the confines of his body. The rain brings depth, detail and contour to his environment. For the first time since losing his sight, he is addressed by the world. He feels alive.

John Hull lost his sight in 1983. For the next three years he would keep a diary on audiocassette – an intimate record that deconstructs his experience of blindness in relation to his family, his identity and his faith. Notes on Blindness: Rainfall uses John’s original audio as narration – the very first time his recordings have been heard in public.

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Directors: Peter Middleton & James Spinney


John: Rafe Beckley
Producers: Peter Middleton & Jen Kerrison
DoP: Gerry Floyd
Production Design: Damien Creagh

WINNER, Best Short Documentary, Hot Docs 2013
Nominated, ICA Experimental Film Award 2013
Official Selection, Sydney Film Fetival 2013
Official Selection, London Short Film Festival 2013
Official Selection, Open City Docs Festival 2013
Official Selection, Melbourne International Film Festival 2013
Official Selection, Cinefringe 2013
Official Selection, The Smalls Festival 2013
Official Selection, Edindocs 2013
Official Selection, Singapore Indie Doc Fest 2013


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