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For four weeks throughout the months of September and October 2011 Andrew Kötting and Iain Sinclair pedalled a plastic swan over 160 miles from the seaside in Hastings to Hackney in East London. They drank 84 litres of water, 2 bottles of whisky, 4 bottles of wine and 24 cans of special brew. They got through 8 pairs of sunglasses, a handmade suit, a pair of walking boots and a camper van. Andrew Kötting wore the same clothes throughout. Iain Sinclair was changed regularly. They met all sorts en route, from the Hoi Polloi to the Hoity Toity, from the very old to the very young, with the pedallo acting as catalyst and magnet. Sometimes they were accompanied by invited guest pedallers, Alan Moore, Stewart Lee, Dudley Sutton, Dr Mark Lythgoe and Marcia Farquhar. … More
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Critic Reviews for Swandown
It all comes together in a charming and idiosyncratic way to create a rich and often funny snapshot of local identity.
It's all quite wonderfully nutty in a thoroughly British way or a bit of a bore, depending on your disposition.
A constantly beguiling movie with an underlying touch of bitterness, especially towards the end.
The way Kötting and Sinclair wrestle their craft, nicknamed Edith, over muddy embankments and bicker as they splosh along loamy waterways makes Swandown feel like Fitzcarraldo on a You've Been Framed budget.
It is a bit of a vanity project: but the sight of these two guys and their great big swan is surreal and funny.
It converts Kötting at a stroke from an acquired taste to a required one.
Misses a few socio-political tricks, but Kötting and Sinclair make for fine shipmates.
What's most pleasing is Kötting's reluctance to foist a single agenda on us...
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