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Norwich screening of blind theologian
The critically acclaimed and award winning film ‘Notes on Blindness’ which documents theologian John Hull’s journey to acceptance over the loss of his sight, is being shown at Norwich’s Cinema City from July 15-20.

The newly released feature film Notes on Blindness, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and has won the Special Jury Prize at the 59th San Francisco Film Festival, will be screening at Cinema City in Norwich from Friday, July 15 to Wednesday, July 20.
The film documents the late theologian and writer John Hull’s journey from grief over his recent blindness to what he described as the discovery of a ‘world beyond sight’.  The film was written and co-directed by James Spinney and graduate of Norwich School of Art and Design Peter Middleton

Theologian John Hull developed cataracts at the age of 13 and, after a number of operations, in 1980 at age 45 he was registered blind. He was newly married, working as a lecturer training religious education teachers at the University of Birmingham and his wife had just given birth to a son.

In 1983 John completely lost all sight and light sensation and so to confront the enormousness of this loss he began to make audio diary recordings.  Over the next three years John recorded over 16 hours of audio diaries.

These original audio recordings form the structure of the film complemented by recent audio interviews conducted by the film makers with John and his wife Marilyn. These audio interviews are used throughout the film’s narration with the couple reflecting on events from a distance of thirty years.

Until 2015 when he died John Hull was an Honorary Professor of Practical Theology in the Queen's Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education in Birmingham where he trained students for the Anglican and Methodist ministries in prophetic ministry and also Emeritus Professor of Religious Education at the University of Birmingham.  

In 2012, the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) granted him a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the literature of blindness. His writings in education, theology and disability have been translated into over a dozen languages.
To find out more about the film, times of screenings and to book tickets click here.

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