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by Andrew Kötting Andrew Kotting Andrew Koetting

by Andrew Kötting Andrew Kotting Andrew Koetting

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Swandown is a travelogue and odyssey of Olympian ambition; a poetic film-diary about encounter, myth and culture. It is also an endurance test and pedal-marathon in which Andrew Kotting (the filmmaker) and Iain Sinclair (the writer) pedal a swan-shaped pedalo from the seaside in Hastings to Hackney in London, via the English inland waterways.

With a nod to Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo and a pinch of Dada, Swandown documents Kotting and Sinclair's epic journey, on which they are joined by invited guests including comedian Stewart Lee, writer Alan Moore and actor Dudley Sutton.

This was a perilous journey, akin to the river voyage of Bogart and Hepburn in The African Queen. It was also, for Kotting, a tribute to the legendary performer, traveller and conceptual artist Bas Jan Ader, who in 1975 was lost at sea attempting to cross the Atlantic in a pocket cruiser.

Swandown is utterly funny, deeply lyrical, wholly winning, unchallengeably unique. It converts Kötting at a stroke from an acquired taste to a required one.’   *****  The Financial Times

Swandown is a puckish, gently abstract, playfully absurd travelogue.’ **** The Daily Telegraph

Swandown was commissioned by the Abandon Normal Devices (AND) Festival and premiered at Cornerhouse, Manchester, 2012.

Andrew Kötting was born in Elmstead Woods in 1959. Since 1982, as well as performances, installations and publications, he has made over one hundred film and video works that have been shown in cinemas, art galleries and on television around the world and awarded prizes at many international film festivals. He currently lives and works between Hastings in England and Fougax-et-Barrineuf in the forests of the French Pyrenees. He teaches part-time at the University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury where he is Professor of Time Based Media.

 

Swandown is a travelogue and odyssey of Olympian ambition; a poetic film-diary about encounter, myth and culture. It is also an endurance test and pedal-marathon in which Andrew Kotting (the filmmaker) and Iain Sinclair (the writer) pedal a swan-shaped pedalo from the seaside in Hastings to Hackney in London, via the English inland waterways.

With a nod to Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo and a pinch of Dada, Swandown documents Kotting and Sinclair's epic journey, on which they are joined by invited guests including comedian Stewart Lee, writer Alan Moore and actor Dudley Sutton.

This was a perilous journey, akin to the river voyage of Bogart and Hepburn in The African Queen. It was also, for Kotting, a tribute to the legendary performer, traveller and conceptual artist Bas Jan Ader, who in 1975 was lost at sea attempting to cross the Atlantic in a pocket cruiser.

Swandown is utterly funny, deeply lyrical, wholly winning, unchallengeably unique. It converts Kötting at a stroke from an acquired taste to a required one.’   *****  The Financial Times

Swandown is a puckish, gently abstract, playfully absurd travelogue.’ **** The Daily Telegraph

Swandown was commissioned by the Abandon Normal Devices (AND) Festival and premiered at Cornerhouse, Manchester, 2012.

Andrew Kötting was born in Elmstead Woods in 1959. Since 1982, as well as performances, installations and publications, he has made over one hundred film and video works that have been shown in cinemas, art galleries and on television around the world and awarded prizes at many international film festivals. He currently lives and works between Hastings in England and Fougax-et-Barrineuf in the forests of the French Pyrenees. He teaches part-time at the University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury where he is Professor of Time Based Media.

 

Extras

  • includes caption subtitles
  • 43 minutes of extras including the short films 
  • Glitter and Storm by Rebecca E. Marshall, 
  • Random Acts 
  • Bunhill Fields
  • an excerpt from the Filmmakers’ Q&A
  • film trailer

Additional Info

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SKU 9780956957139
Product contents 1 DVD + 1 Blu-ray disc
Year 2012 (DVD 2012)
Director Kotting, Andrew; Sinclair, Ian
Format DVD, Blu-Ray
Publisher(s) Cornerhouse
Countries UK
Colour Colour
Language(s) English
Running time 94 mins
Certificate 12

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