Gallivant

Part home movie, part road movie, Andrew Kötting’s film sends his grandmother and daughter on a trip around Britain’s coastline.

To gallivant, is, according to its dictionary definition ‘to wander about, seeking pleasure or diversion; to go about with members of the opposite sex’, and this is just what artist turned filmmaker Andrew Kötting set out to do on this zig-zagging 6000 mile trip around Britain’s coastline.

Part home movie, part road movie, Kötting’s riveting and eccentric film stars his 85-year-old grandmother Gladys - opinionated, bursting with anecdotes and contradictory reminiscences – and his eight-year-old daughter Eden. As the journey begins, the two are practically strangers, but by the end, ‘Little Eden’ and ‘Big Granny’ have struck up a warm bond, a relationship lent added poignancy by the fact that Eden has Joubert Syndrome, a condition that affects her speech and movement so she communicates through sign language.

Not only do the trio discover more about themselves along the way, but they also find that the seaside communities host a wealth of eccentrics. Kötting uses 16mm and Super 8 filmstock, found footage, timelapse photography and much non-synchronous sound to reveal a wonderland of bizarre traditions and quirky strangers.

“Funny, touching, idiosyncratic… at times unexpectedly beautiful… Gallivant is that rare thing, a celebratory film that never turns sugary or mawkish….” Sight & Sound

“This quirky little picture has more genuine characters than a dozen Hollywood blockbusters and ten times as much intelligence… extremely touching… very funny….” Empire

Kötting’s Gallivant, like Patrick Keiller’s London and Robinson in Space, belongs to a cinema of psychogeography, exploring British landscape and culture with wit and imagination. Released to much critical acclaim, Gallivant scooped the Best New Director Award at its Edinburgh Film Festival premiere. Andrew Kötting went on to make his first fiction feature film, This Filthy Earth in 2001. More recently he has returned to mixed-media projects.

Special features

  • 11 short films: Smart Alek, L Bas, Gallivant (The Pilot), Jaunt, Klipperty Klpp, Hoi-Polloi, Acumen, H.B. 1829 (his badblod), Diddyky, Invalids and Me.
  • Visionary Landscapes, a new two-screen film, made in collaboration with Jem Finer, which reworks Super 8 outtakes from Gallivant and combines them with beautifully constructed soundscapes.
  • Two illustrated booklets: one containing an essay by Iain Sinclair and film notes by Andrew Kötting; the other containing the original treatment for Gallivant.

Product information

    • Certificate

      15

    • Colour

      Colour

    • Sound

      Sound

    • Running time

      243mins

    • Languages

      English

    • Subtitles

      English for the hearing impaired

    • Original aspect ratio

      1.66:1

    • DVD region

      • 2 Europe (except Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus), Middle East, Egypt, Japan, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Greenland, French Overseas departments and territories

    • Catalogue number

      BFIVD651

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