Edith Walks Cert. TBC Picture house at FACT

  • Running time61 minutes
  • DirectorAndrew Kötting
  • GenreArt
  • CastIain Sinclair, Alan Moore, Claudia Barton

Inspired by a walk from Waltham Abbey in Essex via Battle Abbey to St Leonards-On-Sea, the latest film from Andrew Kötting documents a pilgrimage in memory of Edith Swan Neck. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, parts of King Harold’s body were taken to Waltham Abbey for burial, and his lover Edith is seen cradling him in a remarkable sculpture on the seafront in St Leonards. Edith Walks reconnects the lovers after 950 years of separation.


Recognising that “you have to walk it to understand it,” Kötting gathered together a merry band of travelling companions including writer Iain Sinclair, singer and performer Claudia Barton (Edith), musicians Jem Finer and David Aylward, and pinhole photographer Anonymous Bosch, and processed through the countryside, the 100-mile journey taking them around five days. With numerous encounters, including with writer Alan Moore, and impromptu performances en route, Edith Walks allows the audience to reflect upon all things Edith. Super 8 footage of the pilgrimage is blended with archive material from Screen Archive South East of school group re-enactments of the Battle of Stamford Bridge and the Battle of Hastings.

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