(via Swandown | What’s on | Watershed)
“This typically offbeat documentary by British filmmaker Andrew Kötting sees him team up with writer/psychogeographer Iain Sinclair to stage a uniquely British protest against the Olympics. Their vessel for the 160 miles they travel from Hastings to the site of the 2012 Olympics is Edith, a swan-shaped pedalo they liberated from a seaside resort. Blending archival footage of the areas they pass with readings from authors and poets including Lear, Conrad, Eliot and Brecht and comments on the countryside and its history, it’s a daft journey, but a playfully eccentric one.
Occasionally other people come and join in on the pedalling action, including author Alan Moore and comedian Stewart Lee (who quips of Sinclair: “He doesn’t think that anything should happen in Hackney without his permission”), and an odd selection of locals make memorable appearances. Do they succeed in rallying against what they believe is a corporate monster, or are they simply two eccentric men messing about on a river? You can make up your own mind!”
Showing at the Watershed this week.