This Our Still Life

This Our Still Life

  • Andrew Kötting
  • In English
  • 57 mins

A new film by Kötting is cause for celebration, and his latest documentary This Our Still Life is an eccentric and nostalgic portrait of his daughter, Eden, as a young woman in their tumbledown Pyrenean farmhouse. Seen through the eyes of the family that have lived there on and off for more than 20 years, we follow Eden’s day-to-day life – watching her paint still lifes and singing along to the radio as the seasons ebb and flow around her. The film celebrates the home-movie aesthetic, exploring themes of isolation and the animistic nature of the great out-of-doors. Reminiscent of Stan Brakhage’s Dog Star Man, this lo-fi marvel features music by Scanner’s Robin Rimbaud alongside a whole plethora of cut-ups and voices from the filmmakers sound archive.

Seen very much as a companion piece to This Our Still Life, Kötting’s 1990 short film, Hoi Polloi (GB 1990/10 mins) will accompany the feature screening. An early super 8, part home movie part diary of Kötting’s life in the French Pyrenees Hoi Polloi follows his young daughter Eden and the various family members that drift in and out of her consciousness or mindscape. The film also features music by David Burnand and the voice of Kötting’s grandmother Gladys.

This screening will be accompanied by an introduction with Andrew Kötting and post-screening Q&A with the artist and director, chaired by Programme and Engagement Director, Sarah Perks. This is a must-attend event for fans of Kötting, new British cinema and documentary filmmaking.


£4.50 full/£3 concs

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Year: 2011

We are pleased to be releasing a new film from Kötting next summer: Swandown is a experimental film which documents the month-long journey Kötting undertook with writer Ian Sinclair as they pedalled a swan-shaped pedalo from Hastings to the site of the London Olympics in Hackney. Described by the artist as 'an odessey of Olympian ambition', look out for the completed work premiering at Cornerhouse as part of Abandon Normal Devices festival 2012.

Last shown

Last shown at Cornerhouse on Sun 27th Nov 2011


A collage of home-movie footage enlivened by music and voices, archive footage from other work and captions…. In This Our Still Life, you can sense Kötting’s love for Eden but also an occasional weary melancholy at the pressure of living with and loving her. You can also sense a pride that Eden – like him – has found a release in art.

Time Out (Close Up)

No one else makes magical films like Andrew Kötting.

Francine Stock, BBC Radio 4 Film Programme

A mesmerising blend of lyrical intensity and freewheeling impressions… there is no one quite like him [Kötting] in cinema.

Sight & Sound (Film of the month)

Profoundly moving and affecting work… intriguing, innovative and undoubtedly one of the director’s very finest creations… very strongly recommended.

Little White Lies

Endlessly engaging and irresistibly inspiring… infectious and uplifting****

Empire online

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