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Thursday, 4 August 2016
Afraid of the Dark (1991)
My wife is partially blind. It's a
neurological blindness rather than ocular, so her eyes work perfectly
well but her brain only interprets the signals for her left field of
vision, leaving her completely blind on her right-hand side. Anyway, a
few years back I thought that I would try a simple task whilst
completely blind. I tightly closed my eyes, got up from the sofa and
walked into the kitchen to make a cup of coffee. I have rarely felt so
afraid and confused. Is that the coffee jar or the sugar jar? How do I
know when the spoon has coffee in it? How do I know when the spoon full
of coffee in over the mug? How do I know when the kettle spout is above
the mug and how do I know when the mug is full and not overflowing?
Somehow I managed without burning myself, walked back to the sofa and
drank the coffee with my eyes still closed. 20 minutes of blindness. 20
minutes of fear. Try it sometime, it'll really open your eyes. This film
perfectly captures that feeling.
Afraid of the Dark features a
top-notch list of British actors (James Fox, Paul McGann, David Thewlis,
Rosalind Knight, Hilary Mason, Sheila Burrell, Robert Stephens, and
...drum roll... Catriona MacColl!). Terrific!