Blinded By The Light
Blind since birth, Tommy Edison has parlayed a career in radio into a strong following on YouTube where he does everything from review movies to discussing how a blind person experiences the world. The Other Film Festival, which is all about bringing disability into the spotlight, is bringing the affable Tommy out to Melbourne in December, and his presence is bound to inspire and delight.
What was the spark for you regarding starting to review movies on YouTube?
“It was just an idea we had sitting around one night talking about movies. My friend that directs and produces all the videos and I were talking about movies and saying how sometimes a movie will get to me, and the last eight minutes of it, they won’t talk, it’ll just be cinematography and all this stuff, and I’ll going, ‘what just happened? I don’t understand.’ So, I’m sort of left out in the cold. I spend all this time enjoying this movie and I don’t know how it ended. So, I thought it might be interesting to review movies from a blind person’s perspective, a perspective for other people to consider. That’s how the whole thing started. We were very lucky with the first reviews we did because Roger Ebert tweeted about them.”