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 Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo and a pinch of Dada, Swandown documents their epic journey, on which they are joined by invited guests including comedian Stewart Lee, writer Alan Moore and actor Dudley Sutton.
It’s a calm, resigned, mystical work that sits back and lets the world work its strange magic on us. 4/5
Andrew Kötting’s Swandown is a puckish, gently abstract, playfully absurd travelogue. 4/5
Swandown is utterly funny, deeply lyrical, wholly winning, unchallengeably unique. 5/5
An engagingly eccentric aquatic odyssey.
Kötting and Sinclair make for fine shipmates. 4/5