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Films // Coming up // A Night with iSightCornwall & Notes on Blindness
18 August

A Night with iSightCornwall & Notes on Blindness

Join us for a fabulous evening exploring the world of the visually impaired. Terri Rosnau-Ward from iSight Cornwall will be sharing her story with us through film and interview, followed by the internationally acclaimed film Notes on Blindness.

Notes on Blindness:

After losing sight, John Hull knew that if he did not try to understand blindness it would destroy him. In 1983 he began keeping an audio diary.

Over three years John recorded over sixteen hours of material, a unique testimony of loss, rebirth and renewal, excavating the interior world of blindness.

Published in 1990, the diaries were described by author and neurologist Oliver Sacks as, ‘A masterpiece… The most precise, deep and beautiful account of blindness I have ever read.’

Following the Emmy Award-winning short film of the same name, the feature version of Notes on Blindness takes a creative approach to the documentary form. Actors lip-synch to the voices of the family, embedding John’s original audio recordings within compelling cinematography and textured sound design. The result is a poetic and intimate story of loss, rebirth and transformation, documenting John’s extraordinary journey into ‘a world beyond sight’.

The film premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival as well as winning the Special Jury Prize at the 59th San Francisco Film Festival and the Wellcome Trust Innovation and Storytelling Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest.

We will be screening the enhanced audio version of the film.

iSightCornwall  are the only dedicated centre of resource in Cornwall for those affected by sight loss, whatever their age, circumstance or condition. The charity cares passionately about helping anyone living with a visual impairment and has done ever since its foundation in 1856 when it supported Cornish miners. Today it is estimated there are over 22,000 visually impaired people living in Cornwall. iSightCornwall aims to reach these people and support them to lead active and independent lives. They will give an introduction to the the world of visual impairment and bring along various aids and tools that can be used by everyone to enable better lives. Come and find out more


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