3 BAFTA Nominations for Notes on Blindness

SPCK is delighted that Notes on Blindness, the Film adaptation of the diaries of John Hull, published by SPCK as Touching the Rock: an experience of blindness, has been nominated in three BAFTA categories this year.

Notes on Blindness has been nominated in the following BAFTA categories:

BAFTA – Outstanding British Film

BAFTA – Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer

Peter Middleton (writer/director/producer), James Spinney (writer/director), Jo-Jo Ellison (producer

BAFTA – Documentary

The film follows the story of John Hull, a theologian who gradually became blind, and his experience and exploration of that distant, infinitely strange ‘other world’ of blindness. Published in May 2016, Touching the Rock: an experience of blindness  is available from SPCK as both a paperback and an ebook. John Hull writes of odd sounds and echoes, of people without faces, of a curious new relationship between waking and dreaming, of a changed perception of nature and human personality. He reveals a world in which every human experience – eating and lovemaking, playing with children and buying drinks in the bar – is transformed.

The incisiveness of Hull’s observation, the beauty of his language, make this book poetry; the depth of his reflection turns it into phenomenology or philosophy.
Oliver Sacks, neurologist and bestselling author (1933-2015)

He lets us see with no trace of self-pity or self-praise how blindness has become for him a genuine acquisition, an unforeseeably rich gift that has made of him what so few of us are: excellent watchers and hearers of the world . . . triumphant in the teeth of ruin.
Reynolds Price, American novelist (1933–2011)

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