Blindness is an adaptation of a 1995 novel Ensaio sobre a cegueira (Essay on Blindness) by the Nobel-laureate novelist, playwright and journalist José Saramago. The film adaptation is a Canadian/Brazilian/Japanese co-production by Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles (City of God, The Constant Gardener) and written by the Canadian actor/writer/director Don McKellar. McKellar also appears in the film with a truly impressive cast that includes Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo and Gael García Bernal. In Blindness a highly contagious condition causes an epidemic of blindness, resulting in the government quarantining all the victims in an abandoned hospital. The victims are given no outside assistance and are left to fend for themselves and decide how they will organise themselves. When a group of men from one ward decide to take control of the food supplies, the quarantined victims of the blinding “white sickness” develop a tribal mentality and things start to get nasty.