Sea Swallow’d was directed by Andrew Kötting and made in collaboration with well known performance artists Leslie Hill and Helen Paris (Curious).
Sea Swallow’d charts the choppy waters of gut feelings, capturing the flotsam and jetsam of impulse, desire and fights to the death. A highly experiential journey mixing 16mm B&W footage shot by filmmaker Ben Rivers with video and archival footage. –Hors Pistes
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