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Special Swandown event at the Shorelines festival with Iain, Andrew and others

7pm (doors at 6pm) – Main Hall, Ground Floor

For 4 weeks in the autumn of 2011, award-winning film-maker Andrew Kötting and cult writer Iain Sinclair pedalled a plastic swan over 160 miles from the seaside of Hastings to Hackney in East London, meeting all sorts of people along the way. This live multimedia performance, with Sinclair, Kötting and a host of others describes this adventure through spoken word, film and experimental acoustic sound led by Jem Finer. Not to be missed!

Venue: Festival HQ – Leigh Community Centre, 81 Elm Road, SS9 1HT, Leigh on Sea



SWANDOWN will screen in the ACID’s 20th anniversary Cannes selection.

BFI Film Fund-backed SWANDOWN will screen in the ACID’s 20th anniversary Cannes selection.

Andrew Kötting and Iain Sinclair’s “playfully absurd” travelogue documentary, Swandown has been selected to screen in the France’s Association for the Diffusion of Independent Cinema (ACID) section at the Cannes Film Festival, which celebrates innovation and experimentation in filmmaking and aims to giving greater visibility to new talent. The film, which is backed by the BFI Film Fund, is produced by Lisa Marie Russo and executive produced by Kate Ogborn for Fly Film.

Swandown released as DVD and Blue-Ray

‘Swandown’ has been released in DVD and Blue-Ray and can be ordered from Cornerhouse website.

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 Kötting (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 Kötting 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 Kötting, 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.

This dual edition DVD and Blu-ray release includes caption subtitles, and 43 minutes of extras including the short films  Glitter and Storm by Rebecca E. Marshall, Random Acts and Bunhill Fields, an excerpt from the Filmmakers’ Q&A, and the film trailer.

‘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.”



Swandown + Q&A – Hackney Film Fest event – 9 Sept

On the 9th of  September (last day of the 2012 Olympics and Paraolympics), at the Hackney Film Festival, yet another Swandown event.

19.00 at the Carlton London

Swandown + Q&A – Curzon Wimbledon – Sun 29 July (early evening, time TBC, Andrew only)

Sorry no more details, pls check the Curzon website