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 four 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 and for the next three years he would keep a diary on audiocassette. Notes on Blindness: Rainfall is the first in a series of short films which dramatise excerpts from these diaries. This series will also be incorporated in the feature Into Darkness.
SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL 2013 - details
HOT DOCS 2013: WINNER - Best Short Documentary - details
LONDON SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2013: Nominated - ICA Experimental Film Award
'Sound & Image', BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL, 2012
Hans Ulrich Obrist's Memory Marathon, SERPENTINE GALLERY, 2012
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