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The Garden of Eating

A stop-motion collage film that constructs a garden out of flowers, candles, plastic cellophane and food

Animation & Artists Moving Image 1986 3 mins


A short stop-motion collage film that constructs a garden out of materials and objects such as flowers, beads, plastic cellophane, candles, even ketchup and mustard. The soundtrack is the same as in Joseph Cornell’s Rose Hobart, the first ‘collage film’. Carole Enahoro worked at the London Film Maker's Co-op from 1985-87, making a short series of mainly Arts Council funded films on African themes.

Founded in 1966, the London Film-Makers’ Co-operative started life at Better Books, a counter-culture bookshop on Charing Cross Road, where a group led by poet Bob Cobbing and filmmakers Stephen Dwoskin and Jeff Keen met to screen films. Initially inspired by the activities of the New American Cinema Group in New York, the London Co-op grew into a pioneering organisation that incorporated a film workshop, cinema space and distribution office. During its four-decade history, the Co-op played a crucial role in establishing film as an art form in the UK and participated in a vibrant international film scene. This BFI Player collection brings together new scans of films distributed by and/or produced at the London Co-op.