Experimental British filmmaker Andrew Kötting returned to select cinemas earlier this year with his latest outing Swandown (2012), a typically boundary-pushing blend of styles and tropes that challenges our own perception of ‘Britishness’ as the eyes of the world descended on the city of London for the 2012 Olympic Games. To celebrate the Dual Format release of Kötting’s new film next Thursday, we’ve kindly been provided with THREE copies of Swandown to give away to our loyal readership, courtesy of Cornerhouse. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven’t already, ‘Like’ us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
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 (1982) 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 (1951). 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.
Swandown guest star Alan Moore created and wrote which groundbreaking superhero graphic novel, adapted for the screen by Zack Snyder in 2009?
a) From Hell
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Swandown is available to own on Dual Format from Thursday 22 November, 2012, courtesy of Cornerhouse.
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