The Diaries.

Into Darkness follows the story of writer and theologian John Hull after he lost his sight in the early 1980s. For three years he kept a diary on audiocassette – over sixteen hours in total – deconstructing his experience of blindness in relation to his family, identity and his faith.

The Film.

Into Darkness is the very first time these original recordings have been heard in public. The film takes its structure from the diaries, brought to life by striking cinematography, verbatim reconstructions and creative use of archive footage.

Production.

We are currently in development for the feature, commencing principle photography in 2014.  In the meantime, look out for our short film series Notes on Blindness: details to be announced soon.

Online.

On this site you can watch preview clips and hear from our creative team. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook, keep up to date with the latest developments on our production blog and join our mailing list for regular updates on the film.

 

‘The world into which I am being dragged with my loved ones will engulf us.
There will be no return. Blindness is permanent and irreversible. My life is in crisis’.
John Hull, 16th September 1983


In the summer of 1983, following a decade of steady deterioration, writer and theologian John Hull lost all traces of light sensation. For three years he kept a diary on audiocassette – over sixteen hours in total – a unique and insightful meditation on memory, consciousness and perception.

The diaries were published in 1991 and met with wide critical acclaim. The neurologist Oliver Sacks described the work as “the most extraordinary, precise, deep and beautiful account of blindness I have ever read. It is, to my mind, a masterpiece”.

INTO DARKNESS uses John’s original recordings, never before heard in public, brought to life by striking cinematography, verbatim reconstructions and creative use of archive footage. The result is a unique and cinematic amalgamation of documentary and drama, taking the viewer into the strange and insular world of blindness.