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Slime Inspiration

It is a great thrill to be on THIS LIST of the Films That Influenced Ben Wheatley’s ‘In the Earth’.

In the English summer of 2020, during a brief lull in the coronavirus pandemic, Ben Wheatley and crew set off into the woods to film the psychedelic thriller, In the Earth. In the film, Dr. Martin Lowery (Joel Fry) and park ranger Alma (Ellora Torchia) hike deep into an arboreal forest to reach the ATU327A research hub. After a night-time attack, the forest comes to life around them. Hayley Squires and Reece Shearsmith also feature. 

These are the movies that were on Wheatley’s mind as he wrote, directed and edited In the Earth. The film is in US theaters from April 16, 2021.

The Decline of Butterflies and how to help

Butterflies and moths have been around for millions of years. They used to be a common sight in gardens, but numbers have declined since the 1940s along with our other native wildlife species such as bees and hedgehogs.

It will come as no surprise to hear this loss is due to destruction of natural habitats such as wildflower meadows, peatbogs and ancient woodlands in favour of intensive farming practices, roads and housing developments that have stripped away the majority of their nesting and foods sites.

Climate change is partly responsible for butterfly decline too, producing wetter weather that alters the distribution of certain species.

The relentless march forward of ‘progress’ damages our 56 species of butterfly and 2,500 species of moths who are sensitive to change – but your garden can help them find food and shelter.

If you head over to The Ultimate Guide to Butterflies and How to prevent their Decline, there is a very handy guide on how we can stop their numbers declining.

Slime Mould heads to Ramsgate Festival of Sound

Celebrating the landscape, buildings, people and history of Ramsgate in exciting new ways with multiple sound installations and hundreds of amazing musicians, performers and artists, Ramsgate Festival of Sound is coming this July, and we are very happy that The Creeping Garden will be playing among the screenings

Co-director Jasper Sharp will be there in person to introduce the film and chat about all things slimy in the after screening Q&A

Japanese DVD release of The Creeping Garden revealed

It is with great pleasure and some considerable excitement that we are able to reveal news of the Japanese DVD release of The Creeping Garden and a first look at the cover art.

This comes as an ideal partner for the recently published Japanese translation of ‘The Creeping Garden: Irrational Encounters with Plasmodial Slime Moulds’ book.

There will be a special launch event at Uplink in Shibuya on October 28th presented by Doctor Toshiyuki Nakagaki and Anthropologist Shinichi Nakazawa
For anyone in the Tokyo area here are the details of the event: Uplink
More news to follow….

Weekend of Slime

The season of the slime is upon us once more!

This coming weekend, on the 6th and 7th of October, sees three Creeping Garden screenings taking place.

First up on the 6th is UK Fungus Day Day in Bristol, where a host of fungus (and slime mould) related events and happenings are ready to feed the mind.

And on the 7th there is a dual screening – one at the Margate Film Festival where the films co-director, Jasper Sharp, will be introducing the film. The inaugural Margate Film Festival is focusing on the themes of ‘outsiders’ and shifting attitudes to people and places.

And it will also screen at DokuBaku in Azerbaijan, as part of DokuBaku’s new SciDocs programme organized in collaboration with Elmi Spektr magazine. This section will showcase recent documentary films that explore various areas of scientific and technological inquiry, as well as films that explore natural phenomena through an artistic point of view.