Andrew Kötting was born on 16 December 1958, one of five children of a middle-class family, in Farnborough, Kent. His father, like his German-born grandfather, sold belts and buckles. As a child he “spent hours off ground in trees or tending rhubarb”. He studied art at the Slade School of Art, where he found an old 16mm camera and along with a friend, Ben Woolford, began using it to capture his outdoor performance pieces. One of his first attempts at filmmaking, according to a Premiere profile, “involved inserting iron filings in the shape of religious icons into his penis and then drawing them out again”. For his degree film, a short called Klipperty Klop (1986), Kötting ran round and round a Gloucestershire field pretending to ride a horse.
Over the next ten years, Kötting directed a number of experimental shorts, often produced via the London Film-Makers Co-op. The best received were Hoi Polloi (1990), and Smart Alek (1993) – the latter being “an attempt to rework some of… read more