Last week we talked about how the humble yet magical mushroom has inspired some of the great minds of literary history, from William Shakespeare through to J.K. Rowling. This week, we switch our gaze from the printed word to the cinema screen, and see how mushrooms feature in the realm of film.
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Directed by the renowned filmmaker Tim Burton, this cinematic version of the classic Lewis Carroll tale sees a 19-year-old Alice return to the magical world from her childhood adventure, where she reunites with her old friends and learns of her true destiny—to end the Red Queen’s reign of terror. (Naturally she also encounters the big Blue Caterpillar who sits atop a mushroom throne!)
The film features an all-star cast, including Tim Burton regular Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen, Anne Hathaway as the White Queen, and the voices of Stephen Fry as the Cheshire Cat, Alan Rickman as the Blue Caterpillar, and Michael Sheen as the White Rabbit.
Not for the faint of heart, this horror movie tells the story of three couples who venture into the woods to collect mushrooms. On their way they meet some strange inhabitants of the woods, and it doesn’t take long until a creepy story is being told at the campfire which might be more than just a story. So strange things happen, people start disappearing, silhouettes move through the woods and the creepy story starts to melt into reality.
This quirky film tells the tale of two elderly women who own a bed and breakfast. When a thief with a large amount of cash dies at their b&b, they decide to keep the money. But disposing of the man’s body proves extremely difficult due to their phobias and hang-ups. So the pair devise a way to dispose of the body without ever leaving the house. The situation is further complicated when an investigator begins sniffing around and decides to stay a few nights in the bed and breakfast.
So far, there are no Hollywood blockbusters or feature films about our favorite fungus, the Ganoderma Lucidum mushroom. But we here at Organo Gold do have some good short footage of the miraculous mushrooms being grown, harvested and processed at our facility in China. Check out Organo Gold’s “Ground to Cup” video.
Organo Gold will be releasing additional footage at the International Convention in St. Louis, Oct. 4-6.