RKS Toronto 2023 Hot Docs Festival: “Eat Flowers”

Once upon a time long ago when you could take rocker Rod Stewart seriously there was his song “Every Picture Tells a Story”. In the short documentary “Eat Flowers” every picture of flowers taken by photographer Cig Harvey tells a story.

The photos are lush and gorgeous as well as the cinematography by River Finlay and Harvey’s voice is a match for the cinematography.

Flowers are life for Harvey some she says acting like a ventilator giving her breath. Perhaps the message we take away is her comment that if you took a lifetime of photos and added up the shutter speeds they would total six seconds so use them and make life count.

Yes indeed in the documentary there is a story about her best friend Mary but I’ll stop here and let the pictures and cinematography tell a story. A riveting sensual experience.

The 14 minute “Eat Flowers” is directed and produced by River Finlay and produced by Cig Harvey and Sashka Rothchild. It screens with Artscape’s Shorts Programme on 1 May and streams in Canada only 5-9 May.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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