Swandown review

Who wouldn't want to travel on a swan shaped pedalo?

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Last Autumn director Andrew Kötting and writer Ian Sinclair took a month-long river voyage to the olympic village on a swan-shaped pedalo called Edith. Why?

Their self-styled subversive quest promises a wryly homegrown alternative to sporting fever. But most will see only two eccentrics mucking about on a boat, ruminating on nature’s “morphic resonances”.

Considering both men have form exploring British life via quirky travelogues, the shaggy-dog surrealism is frustratingly vague and only fitfully entertaining; revealingly, it’s ‘guest pedallers’ Alan Moore and Stewart Lee who steal the show.

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