18 March 2019
Source: Macular Society
A film highlighting the impact of the biggest cause of blindness on a mum and her young son
has been shortlisted for a national film award.
‘5 Years Through the Eyes of a Mum’, which was produced by national charity the Macular Society, has been announced as a finalist in the Charity Film Awards.
The short film is one of fifty films to make it to the finals of the prestigious awards.
It illustrates the impact a diagnosis of macular disease has on people’s lives, with a young mum struggling to share precious moments with her son as he grows up.
Every day around 300 people are diagnosed with macular disease. It is the biggest cause of blindness in the UK, affecting nearly 1.5 million people. It is a cruel and isolating condition, stealing your sight, your independence and your ability to do the things you love.
The film was produced to raise vital awareness, but also to let people know that, while there is no cure, there are things you can do to look after your eyes. An eye test can often spot the early signs of macular disease and help you retain your sight.
Emma Malcolm, director of fundraising and marketing at the Macular Society, said: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted in the Charity Film Awards and hope this will help raise vital awareness of a condition which affects so many people in the UK. Macular disease can have a devastating impact on people’s lives and our film was based on real people’s experiences.
“Macular disease takes your dreams and plans for the future away from you. And yet, despite the devastating impact it can have, little is known about its causes and there is still no cure.”
The finalists will now be judged by an expert panel including David Eades, BBC journalist and newsreader, Philip Collins, journalist and speechwriter at The Times, and Georgina Lewis, head of marketing at the FA.
Voting has also reopened for the People’s Choice award. Winners will be announced at the gala ceremony on the evening of Friday 26 April. To vote for the Macular Society’s film visit: https://www.charityfilmawards.com/videos/5-years-through-the-eyes-of-a-mum