SHOW AND TELL #8: Andrew Kötting

Andrew Kötting is a filmmaker, writer and artist. Andrew’s first feature film, Gallivant (1996) was a road movie about his three-month journey along the coast of Britain, with his mother Gladys and his daughter Eden who suffers from the very rare Joubert’s syndrome. Andrew is going to lead the Film Walk to Hermitage Castle on Monday, March 6 and show an installation Edith Loops created with Anonymous Bosch in Heritage Hub in Hawick. Andrew’s film The Sun Came Dripping A Bucket Full of Gold is included in the Video Strolls programme curated by Owen Davey.

1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Swimming in a cold sea

2. What lies at the heart of your own desire to make films?

3. What are the first things you do in developing a film idea in response to a subject?
Research and digging into the idea like an archaeologist

4. What’s your favourite film and why?
Gallivant – because my daughter and grandmother are in it

5. Choose 1, 2 or 3 of your all-time favourite music tracks!
Natty Rebel/ Soul Rebel by I Roy
Into My Arms by Nick Cave
Please Release Me by Engelbert Humperdink

6. From your favourite poem – could you give us a few lines that mean something to you?
All the lines mean something to me – you choose – especially when coming out of the mouth of either Freddie Jones or Alan Moore

I am by John Clare

I am – yet what i am none cares or knows; 
My friends forsake me like a memory lost: 
I am the self-consumer of my woes— 
They rise and vanish in oblivious host, 
Like shadows in love’s frenzied stifled throes 
And yet i am, and live – like vapours tossed 

Into the nothingness of scorn and noise, 
Into the living sea of waking dreams, 
Where there is neither sense of life or joys, 
But the vast shipwreck of my life’s esteems; 
Even the dearest that i loved the best 
Are strange nay, rather, stranger than the rest. 
I long for scenes where man hath never trod 
A place where woman never smiled or wept 
There to abide with my creator, god, 
And sleep as i in childhood sweetly slept, 
Untroubling and untroubled where i lie 

The grass below – above the vaulted sky.

7. If you were to die and come back as a person, animal or a thing, what would it be?

8. What is your greatest extravagance?

9. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Curiosity and the search for meaning

10. What is your final word?
There is no god (and this world is full of stupid men)