Notes on BlindnessAn Archer’s Mark and New York Times Op-Docs productionWatch Notes on Blindness now at NYTimes.com/notesonblindness
- Official Selection: Sundance Film Festival 2014- Official Selection: SXSW 2014- Official Selection: BBC Arts Screen, Glasgow 2014- Official Selection: Ashland Independent Film Festival 2014- Official Selection: Clermont Ferrand 2014- Official Selection: Sarasota Film Festival 2014- Featured as Vimeo Staff Pick

Notes on Blindness
An Archer’s Mark and New York Times Op-Docs production

Watch Notes on Blindness now at NYTimes.com/notesonblindness

- Official Selection: Sundance Film Festival 2014
- Official Selection: SXSW 2014
- Official Selection: BBC Arts Screen, Glasgow 2014
- Official Selection: Ashland Independent Film Festival 2014
- Official Selection: Clermont Ferrand 2014
- Official Selection: Sarasota Film Festival 2014
- Featured as Vimeo Staff Pick

Notes on Blindness : RainfallA documentary short supported by IdeasTap and Touchstone Trust- Winner: Best Short Documentary, Hot Docs 2013- Nominated: ICA Experimental Film Award- Official selection: Melbourne International Film Festival 2013- Official selection: Sydney Film Festival 2013- Official selection: London Short Film Festival 2013- Official selection: Open City Docs Festival 2013- Official selection: Cinefringe Film Festival 2013- Official selection: DOK Leipzig 2013- Official selection: Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2013- Official selection: Edindocs Documentary Film Festival 2013- Official selection: Camden International Film Festival 2013- Official selection: Fairhope Film Festival 2013- Official selection: Singapore Indie DocFest 2013- Official selection: DocFilm Festival Leicester 2013- Official selection: Lone Star Film Festival 2013- Screened at ’Sound & Image’, BFI London Film Festival, with Q&A- Screened at Hans Ulrich Obrist’s Memory Marathon, Serpentine Gallery
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. The film will also be incorporated into the feature length documentary Notes on Blindness - scheduled for release in 2015.

Notes on Blindness : Rainfall
A documentary short supported by IdeasTap and Touchstone Trust

- Winner: Best Short Documentary, Hot Docs 2013
- Nominated: ICA Experimental Film Award
- Official selection: Melbourne International Film Festival 2013
- Official selection: Sydney Film Festival 2013
- Official selection: London Short Film Festival 2013
- Official selection: Open City Docs Festival 2013
- Official selection: Cinefringe Film Festival 2013
- Official selection: DOK Leipzig 2013
- Official selection: Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2013
- Official selection: Edindocs Documentary Film Festival 2013
- Official selection: Camden International Film Festival 2013
- Official selection: Fairhope Film Festival 2013
- Official selection: Singapore Indie DocFest 2013
- Official selection: DocFilm Festival Leicester 2013
- Official selection: Lone Star Film Festival 2013
- Screened at ’Sound & Image’, BFI London Film Festival, with Q&A
- Screened at Hans Ulrich Obrist’s Memory Marathon, Serpentine Gallery


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. The film will also be incorporated into the feature length documentary Notes on Blindness - scheduled for release in 2015.

Find out more about our documentary feature 'Notes on Blindness', based around 16 hours of audio diaries kept by writer and theologian John Hull, deconstructing his experience of blindness.

Find out more about our documentary feature 'Notes on Blindness', based around 16 hours of audio diaries kept by writer and theologian John Hull, deconstructing his experience of blindness.