Swandown (2012)




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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.
Art House & International , Documentary , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Swandown

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1)

What's most pleasing is Kötting's reluctance to foist a single agenda on us...

Full Review… | July 17, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

It all comes together in a charming and idiosyncratic way to create a rich and often funny snapshot of local identity.

Full Review… | August 14, 2012
The List

It's all quite wonderfully nutty in a thoroughly British way or a bit of a bore, depending on your disposition.

Full Review… | July 23, 2012
London Evening Standard

A constantly beguiling movie with an underlying touch of bitterness, especially towards the end.

Full Review… | July 22, 2012
Observer (UK)

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.

Full Review… | July 19, 2012
Daily Telegraph (UK)

It is a bit of a vanity project: but the sight of these two guys and their great big swan is surreal and funny.

Full Review… | July 19, 2012

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