Released: 20/07/2012 Released in key citiesAndrew Kötting and the nation’s favourite psychogeographer, Iain Sinclair, spent four weeks pedaling the waterways from Hastings to Hackney (that’s 160 miles), but it was no ordinary trip – they did the whole thing in a plastic swan. Labeled ‘Herculean’ (Olympics tie-in) the two made a film-diary on the journey, as they picked up objects, guests, recordings and, apparently, British culture. For more information visit: http://flyfilm.co.uk/films/swandown.php Watch:
Little White Lies“A jolly, tin-pot Fitzcarraldo...” Misses a few socio-political tricks, but Kötting and Sinclair make for fine shipmates...
The Telegraph“Puckish, gently abstract, playfully absurd travelogue...” There’s something enjoyably Herzogian about the pair’s trip: the way Kötting and Sinclair wrestle their craft, nicknamed Edith, over muddy embankments and bicker as they splosh along loamy waterways...
Empire“Anti-Olympic protest that also celebrates English eccentricity...” From the kind of four-in-the-morning idea that could have been concocted by a bunch of addled students comes a quirky Jerome K. Jerome-ish insight into this strange land. Not for everyone, but still well worth exploring...
Time Out“It’s a calm, resigned, mystical work...” Sinclair talks of him and Kötting becoming ‘flesh radios’ as they navigate the waterways and tune into the frequency of people and places. In spirit, however, this is resolutely more Resonance FM than Radio 1...
Total Film “Frustratingly vague...” Their self-styled subversive quest promises a wryly homegrown alternative to sporting fever. But most will see only two eccentrics mucking about on a boat, ruminating on nature’s “morphic resonances”...
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