Magazine article Screen International

Sundance-Bound UK Short to Be Developed into Feature

Magazine article Screen International

Sundance-Bound UK Short to Be Developed into Feature

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EXCLUSIVE: Notes on Blindness, a short docudrama screening at Sundance in January, is being developed into a feature film.

Into Darkness will examine the true-life journey into blindness by academic John Hull, recorded in his autobiographical account Touching the Rock: An Experience of Blindness. The directors were given exclusive access to the audio tapes Hull recorded in the early 1980s as he struggled to deal with his condition, and these will form the narration and structure for the film along with archive footage, verbatim reconstructions and dramatic interpretation.

The film will be produced by Alex Usborne for 104 Films, which has credits including We Are The Freaks, and Jojo Ellison for Archer's Mark, which recently completed production on its debut feature War Book starring Sophie Okonedo and Anthony Sher.

Pete Middleton and James Spinney will direct the feature from their own script, and Gerry Floyd will serve as director of photography.

With the full script completed, producers plan to shoot in summer 2014 on a budget of £500,000 and financing is currently being explored through a number of avenues including crowdfunding on Kickstarter.

Speaking to ScreenDaily, directors and producers expressed their admiration for John Hull and the unique nature of his audio diary. …

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