James Spinney and Peter Middleton, directors of ‘Notes on Blindness’


At the April School of Sound, James Spinney and Peter Middleton present the thinking and research behind their acclaimed film, Notes on Blindness. In addition to its arresting use of sound and image, the film delves into sometimes unnerving notions of human perception.

Peter and James have been working together for the past seven years on a range of fiction, documentary and cross-platform projects. During this period they have adapted the audio diaries of theologian John Hull into a series of award-winning short films. The first of their films, Rainfall, won the Best Documentary Award at Hot Docs 2013, followed in 2014 by the Emmy Award-winning New York Times Op-Doc, Notes on Blindness.  

Their debut feature documentary, also entitled Notes on Blindness, premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and won the Special Jury Prize at the 59th San Francisco Film Festival and the Wellcome Trust Innovation and Storytelling Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest. The project was released alongside the groundbreaking virtual reality project Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness, which won the Storyscapes Award at 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, the Prix Europa and the Alternate Realities VR Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest.