Coastal Currents Presents:
Edith Walks & Forgotten The Queen
Q&A and live performance with director Andrew Kotting, singer Claudia Barton and David Aylward
Director: andrew kotting, Eden Kotting
Cast includes: Claudia Barton, Alan Moore, Iain Sinclair, Andrew Kotting
90 mins with performance / 2016 / uk
- “One of Summer 2017’s best movies.” The Guardian
- “A wonderfully eccentric film.” The Observer
- “Film of the week: Edith Walks makes England loopy again - I loved it to pieces.” Mark Kermode, Radio 5 Live
- “Andrew Kötting brings his bric-a-brac style to a walk in King Harold’s footsteps.” Financial Times
- “The future of humanity is ok as long as filmmaker and galavanting bohemian, Andrew Kötting, keeps on keeping on.” Little White Lies
- “Kötting’s project is in large part a lark; and it’s his mixing of serious intellectual conjecture with whimsy, jokes and gossip that gives it its life.” Sight & Sound
Premiering last year as a ‘performance’ at the Route 1066 Festival, a-year-to-the-day later EDITH WALKS returns as a stand-alone film. Inspired by a walk from Waltham Abbey in Essex via Battle Abbey to St Leonards-on-Sea in East Sussex. The film documents a pilgrimage in memory of Edith Swan Neck.
Bits of King Harold’s body were brought to Waltham for burial near the High Altar after the Battle of Hastings in 1066 and his hand fast wife Edith Swan Neck is seen cradling him in a remarkable sculpture at Grosvenor Gardens on the sea front in St Leonards. The film re-connects the lovers after 950 years of separation.
The 108 mile journey, as the crow flies, allows the audience to reflect upon all things Edith. A conversation between Alan Moore, Iain Sinclair and Edith Swan Neck also is a key ingredient to the unfolding ‘story’.
With images shot using digital super 8 iPhone apps and sound recorded using a specially constructed music box with a boom microphone, the film unfolds chronologically but in a completely unpredictable way. The numerous encounters and impromptu performances en route are proof, that the angels of happenstance were to looking down, with EDITH as their hallucination.
The film has garnered much critical acclaim, as has the short film, FORGOTTEN THE QUEEN by Eden Kötting that accompanies it.
Sunday screenings youth ticket offer: Until end September 2017, all Sunday screenings will include half price tickets for 16-25 year olds.