We like to attend our local cinema for 'senior viewings', which includes a large cup of freshly brewed coffee, a small packet of luxury biscuits, and reduced price entry - this week it was the film Dare to be Wild.
The synopsis of the film is the true story of Mary Reynolds, a young garden designer from Ireland, who became the youngest recipient of the Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal in 2002.
The film takes in the beauty of the emerald isle, and not only the colourful spectacle of the Chelsea Flower Show, but also her travels in Ethiopia.
An important element of the film is the use of magical realism, which is shown through Mary's embrace of Celtic mysticism. The essential themes underlying the film are the basis of Mary's goals. She believes that modern man needs to understand the importance and beauty of preserving and encouraging wild nature. The film also encompasses another theme about the renewal of nature for the preservation of man. Here, Mary travels to Ethiopia, in part to encourage a young botanist, Christy, but also to help assist him in achieving his goal. He is determined to help the local people restore their barren land through his ingenious irrigation project.
I should have been travelling in Ethiopia myself at the moment, but unexpectedly, and as a result of this film, I have had a tantalising glimpse into what I may have missed.