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I am introducing a screening of ‘Swandown‘ for Gareth Evans, in the Hackney ‘Hole’, on Sunday 5th October at 4.30.Â
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Directed by Andrew Kotting with Iain Sinclair
Introduced by Iain Sinclair
âThisÂ documentaryÂ by quirky British film-maker Andrew KĂ¶tting and the eccentrically brilliant urban historian and social geographerÂ Iain Sinclair traces a journey they made recently by sea, river and canal from Hastings on the Sussex coast to the site of the 2012 Olympics. Their vessel was a pedalo in the shape of a swan, KĂ¶tting wore a dark three-piece suit and Sinclair jeans and a battered baseball cap, and the aim was to draw attention to the antisocial, hubristic stupidity of the Games and their chosen location. Along the way the pair comment on the surrounding countryside and its history, using old newsreel film and quoting from Edward Lear, Conrad, James, Eliot, Edmund Spenser, Edith Sitwell, Pound, Brecht and Werner Herzog, and occasionally they let others do some pedalling.
Like a cross between Jerome K JeromeâsÂ Three Men in a BoatÂ and WG SebaldâsÂ The Rings of Saturn, this is a constantly beguiling movie with an underlying touch of bitterness, especially towards the end. The best line comes from the author of graphic novelsÂ Alan Moore, who takes over briefly at the pedals and remarks of Sinclair: âHe doesnât think that anything should happen in Hackney without his permission.â
â Philip French, fromÂ The Observer
Dawn til Dusk: A Swan Song. Freya Gabie
The Swan Song is an expression born from an ancient belief that the swan, a silent creature throughout life: emits a beautiful, haunting song only once, at the point of death. An articulation of loss, transcendence, beauty, entropy: it encapsulates a moment of both rupture and rapture. It is the boundary point between two states: the edge. In âDawn til Dusk: A Swan Songâ, artist Freya Gabie will give the ancient condemned site of St Johnâs Rectory Garden its own Swan Song, attempting to give the landscape a voice at the moment of its death.
Allow me to write a short note:
This is a great book which is also a reference book with information about the 70 movies, the locations, the events, the story behind the 70×70 event and a London that has already disappeared in less than 2 years.
A beautiful book outside and inside, the product of a love and a dedication that is beyond financial gain, and idea that is so foreign these days.
A true must-have for anyone involved in anyway with Iain Sinclair, movies, London and books.
PS: feel free to post (no registration required) a comment about the book if you’d like.
On turning 70 years old on 11th June 2013, Iain Sinclair â writer, filmmaker, poet, walker, perpetual seeker of the perimeter and reluctant magus of the media school of psycho-geography â found it hard to resist the offer of the opportunity to make his choice of 70 films that related to, and are oft interwoven across his entire writing career. This was a chance to have these films shown in a variety of venues and resonant locations across London â a city Sinclair has made his own, a city he has (re)defined.
Pre-order to buy the book at a reduced price, with the inclusion of a unique 7-frame strip of film of Iain Sinclair on his 70th birthday, shot by Stanley Schtinter & Susu Laroche .
The books will be mailed to you in early October.
At times Iain launches only snippets. I haven’t managed to find anything about this one. Anyone out there?