A message from Andrew Kötting


THANK YOU to all of you who have already helped the film by pledging money. There are plenty of new prizes and rewards and whatnots left on the kickstarter site.To see what it’s all about please click on the button above.

There are just ten days left before the campaign closes after which if we do not reach our target we are left bereft – with no money at all – just a warm feeling that so many of you tried to help. So if there is anyone that you know directly or indirectly and who you felt might be able to help with monies then please forward this email.

Toby Jones, Alan Moore, MacGillivray, Jem Finer, Philippe Ciompi, Nick Gordon Smith, Anonymous Bosch, David Aylward, Leila McMillan, Marcia Farquhar as well as friends and family have all given generously of their time and energy. It would be sad not to realise such an ambitious project.

I’m excited to think that we might yet be able to deliver a film that could end up being like the bastard child from the unholy communion of Gallivant and Swandown whilst This Filthy Earth looked on.


PS Iain Sinclair and I will be presenting the project this Wednesday 9th July 6.45pm at the Hackney Picture House. There will be readings from John Clare and Edge of the Orison. We will also show some short films that Iain and I have made together over the years.

PPS Eden’s cameo as Dorothy is growing all the time and she has now promised to read extracts from the Wizard of Oz for the finished film.

By Our Selves kickstarter – update nr. 2 – Alan Moore

Check out Alan Moore’s plea in support of the kickstarter campaign for the John Clare movie – By Our Selves.

Besides shooting this (short) message, Alan has also offered several rare books and comics, authored by him and others, as rewards.


Click here for the kickstarter page

By Our Selves – Notes from the field – photo gallery

Iain just sent photos from the set of “By Our Selves”.

If you would like to help get this movie completed and distributed, you can contribute to the kickstarter campaign launched by Iain and Andrew. And a secret guest (not so secret).



PS: If you see an annoying message, please ignore it. Come into the post and you should see the slideshow. If you don’t contact me on twitter

Notes from location: nr. 01

We have received a note from Iain sent from location while shooting the new movie – and did I mention that you could contribute to making this movie happen by taking part to the kickstarter campaign?

“Amazed to discover character of ‘Norton’ on the cover of the latest gathering of ‘The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’, while visiting Northampton, where the magus Moore delivered a spellbinding account of the town’s relationship to John Clare (and the ultimate black hole).

Norton, looking more than ever like a Nazi dentist, is on rear cover, next to the spine.”
— Iain Sinclair

A note by Iain Sinclair on “By Our Selves” – a film by Andrew Kötting

The walk from High Beach in Epping Forest to the village of Glinton, north of Peterborough, in the footsteps (on and off) of the poet John Clare, became the basis for a book, “Edge of the Orison”. But that never felt like more than the start of something. For years a film, in the mood of Herzog’s “The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser”, haunted me. Our paths were never likely to cross – so, as an admirer of ‘This Filthy Earth’, I pestered Andrew Kötting instead. Andrew didn’t say no. He made his excuses and swam to France or jumped on a plastic swan. (I suspected that he couldn’t read my book or John Clare.)

Decades later, Kötting came by accident on the photograph in “Orison” of a fearsome Straw Bear with his sullen driver, dark fenland figures out of Whittlesey. Now he was smitten. He saw the perfect excuse for getting thatched, bell-hung, hobbled. The game was on. His energies were alarming. Within days, we visited the great performer Freddie Jones, in his Oxfordshire village, and enjoyed a convivial discussion – before coming away with a VHS of Freddie’s electrifying performance as Clare.
Now Freddie’s son, an actor of beautiful infolded presence, minimalist gesture, silence, will play Clare on the road. On modest (bare-bones) budget we’ll start to tramp. With the hope that crowd-funding can boost the wherewithal to the point where a few of Kötting’s larger ambitions for ‘By Our Selves’ can be fulfilled. I’ll trail along, putting my oar in, carrying a goat mask, muttering dark asides. After the long curation of the 70×70 year of films, this should be a holiday.
Iain Sinclair