(Inter) National Treasure: Dudley Sutton


Isotopica today treats with good friend and (official) national treasure Dudley Sutton, to mark the end of his lino cut illustrated poem exhibition at the Chelsea Arts club.

We talk of his 1960’s adventures in New york with Joan Littlewood, dope fuddled filming in Antigua and more recent collaborations with Andrew Kotting (testing soil temperature with bare buttocks and poems in a pedalo). Delishhhh!

Dudley Sutton in This Filthy Earth
Dudley Sutton performing in Andrew Köttings “This Filthy Earth”
Dudley Sutton performing in Andrew Köttings "This Filthy Earth"
Dudley Sutton performing in Andrew Köttings “This Filthy Earth”

This Filthy Earth is the story of sisters Kath and Francine, whose lives are disrupted by two men – a brutal villager greedy for the girls’ land and a gentle stranger who offers the possibility of escape. Amidst a landscape of rural hardship and a community consumed with superstition, events unfurl which threaten their sibling bond.

This Filthy Earth is the second feature from Andrew Kötting, whose debut film, Gallivant, won him Channel 4’s Best New Director Award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 1996. It features an exciting line up of acting talent including Rebecca Palmer (Intimacy, Quills), Shane Attwooll (Porgy and Bess), Demelza Randall in her feature film debut, Dudley Sutton (Up at the Villa, The Devils) and French actor Xavier Tchili (La Perme). With a script co-written by comedian Sean Lock, This Filthy Earth is a tragic tale of rural passion and survival inspired by Emile Zola’s novel La Terre and John Berger’s Pig Earth.

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