It's an entertaining little romp, is Swandown. In the recent tradition of double-header (quiet at the back!) road-trip-with-a-purpose films (The Trip, starring Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan, a notable example), comes this: Iain Sinclair and Andrew Kötting travel the breadth of England's waterways in a pedalo shaped like a swan.
The two are some of England's finest creative thinkers, and have opinions of this fair and gentle landscape. Psychogeography is a term that comes to mind when thinking about this unlikely duo of cinematic heroes. If you approach this film because you're fans of the two you won't be disappointed but it's not quite London Orbital, Ivul or Gallivant (this is not just a list of random, made up words). It's a sweet-natured, little film of two friends, both middle-aged white men, swanning up and down the country that they love, talking about it and imparting stories long and lost. The film says a lot about Sinclair and Kötting, it is probably more telling about them than about the country that they are exploring. It's a charming, cheerful journey. It is a delight to be able to join them.
Swandown is on limited release now.