Russell Page My Garden

“Evocative and Moving” Franky Kentish, The Telegraph

We were recently asked by our good friend Christopher Woodward Director of the beautiful Garden Museum in Lambeth to make a film for the exhibition The Education of a Gardener: The Life and Works of Russell Page 1906 – 1985. Page’s masterpiece  The Education of a Gardener concludes with the fantasy of his ideal garden; he is fifty-six years old, he tells us, and has not had a garden of his own since he was eighteen. We decided that it would be impossible to capture his imagination from existing gardens so suggested that the film be animated. Loving her previous work on Coffee vs Gangs, we asked if Illustrator Rebecca Strickson would like to be involved. Rebecca responded to Page’s own drawings and the colour palette of the painter, Kokoschka, with whom the designer studied, to visualise the dream, with Page’s words spoken by Roy Marsden.

View the film online on Telegraph

The Education of a Gardener Exhibition will be open until 21st June 2015 at Garden Museum

A Third Channel Production for the Garden Museum
Production Company: Third Channel
Director: Rebecca Strickson & Dorothea Gibbs
Producer: Dorothea Gibbs
Illustration: Rebecca Strickson
Animation: Aaron Brady, Emily Howells & Paul Rains
Additional Illustration: Emily Howells
Narration: Roy Marsden