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The Creeping Garden

  • Documentary and factual
  • 2014
  • Tim Grabham
  • 81 mins

Summary

The Creeping Garden is a feature length documentary exploring the work of fringe scientists, mycologists and artists, and their relationship with the extraordinary plasmodial slime mould.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

A feature documentary about mould doesn't necessarily sound like the most alluring prospect, but this film reveals more aspects to slime mould than you'd ever imagine. Most often seen in colourful patches around old trees, slime mould, we learn, is different from fungus because it actually moves around in search of food. How and why it does so, makes for rather fascinating viewing when its spreading tendrils and arteries are slowed down in time-lapse photography. Indeed, the substance has become inspiration for an artist who feeds it oats and creates digital animation from the result. Yes, slime mould loves oats, so much so that unconventional computer scientists are examining the internal processes of feeding slime to explore new paradigms for their own network designs - and there's even an academic turning slime activity into music! Who knew? This neatly shot oddball film may not have wide appeal, but its quirky humour and abiding sense of wonder will undoubtedly connect with those intrigued by the subject matter.

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Credits

Crew

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DirectorTim Grabham
DirectorJasper Sharp

Details

Theatrical distributor
Arrow
Released on
2017-03-10
Languages
English
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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