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Synopsis:

A REAL-LIFE SCIENCE-FICTION MOVIE EXPLORING A WORLD CREEPING RIGHT BENEATH OUR FEET, WHERE TIME AND SPACE ARE MAGNIFIED AND INTELLIGENCE REDEFINED.

The Creeping Garden is an award-winning feature-length creative documentary exploring the extraordinary world of the plasmodial slime mould as revealed through the eyes of the fringe scientists, mycologists and artists who work with them.

Long overlooked by biologists, in recent years this curious organism has become the focus of much research in such areas as biological-inspired design, emergence theory, unconventional computing and robot engineering, much of which borders on the world of science fiction. The film transports us from the laboratory into its natural habitat, depicting these otherworldly lifeforms using startling time-lapse macro-cinematography to reveal hidden facets of the world around us.

Co-directed by the artist film-maker Tim Grabham (KanZeOn) and author and film critic Jasper Sharp, with an original soundtrack composed by celebrated musician and producer Jim O Rourke (Sonic Youth, Grizzly Man), The Creeping Garden is a unique exploration into a hitherto untapped subject matter, immersing the viewer within the worlds of the observers and the observed.

What We Thought:

The Creeping Garden is a documentary on slime and fungi. You might find it interesting, you might not. Either response is proper.

What I liked about it was the creative use. People use the slime to make artwork and music. This isn’t a common form of mold. It has properties that are different from what we expect.

It moves differently and has different fluidity. That’s why people were fascinated in it and why they could do more with it. They even used in robotics to help with facial expressions. Pretty neat.

There are parts that aren’t as interesting. I find it rather boring watching people work in a lab, but I get what they were doing. Did I really want to watch scientists using microscopes to look at slime? Not really.

The Creeping Garden isn’t super long so that’s beneficial. I don’t think I could handle a 2 hour documentary on slime, but this has just enough interesting parts to keep you watching for what it is.

Special Features:

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Original 2.0 audio (uncompressed on the Blu-ray)
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Audio commentary by directors Tim Grabham and Jasper Sharp
  • Biocomputer Music, a short film by Grabham on the first biocomputer music system, allowing a two-way musical dialogue between man and slime mould
  • Return to the Fungarium, a featurette revealing further treasures of the fungarium at Kew Gardens
  • Feeding Habits of Physarum, a featurette on the feeding preferences and dislikes of slime moulds
  • Three cinema iloobia short films: Milk (2009), Rotten (2012) and Paramusical Ensemble (2015)
  • Angela Mele’s animated slime moulds
  • Gallery
  • US theatrical trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring two pieces of original artwork

 

THE CREEPING GARDEN SOUNDTRACK [Limited Edition Exclusive]

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