PJ Harvey – A Dog called Money

A film by Sea­mus Mur­phy. In Eng­lish with Ger­man sub­tit­les.

[Credits] [Ter­mi­ne] [Trai­ler]

A child curious­ly pres­ses its face against the win­dow of a car in which Bri­tish musi­ci­an PJ Har­vey and pho­to­jour­na­list and filmma­ker Sea­mus Mur­phy are sit­ting. They are in Kabul, Afgha­ni­stan, one of three desti­na­ti­ons to which they are tra­vel­ling; the others are Koso­vo and Washing­ton, D.C. Har­vey is sear­ching for inspi­ra­ti­on; collec­ting impres­si­ons and words, obser­ving, lis­tening and absor­bing. Her thoughts can be heard in voice-over. Hers is the chro­ni­cle of a stran­ger who­se atten­ti­ve gaze is direc­ted towards the rea­li­ty of ever­y­day life in the pla­ces she visits. Inspi­ra­ti­on turns into poe­try, which gives rise to songs for her album ‘The Hope Six Demo­li­ti­on Pro­ject’. Back in Lon­don, Har­vey records the­se songs with her band in a pur­po­se-built stu­dio which ser­ves as a kind of peep­show, its one-way win­dow allowing inte­res­ted audi­en­ces to obser­ve the pro­cess.
Sea­mus Mur­phy trans­po­ses Harvey’s search for inspi­ra­tio­nal mate­ri­al and her inti­ma­te crea­ti­ve pro­cess into an impres­si­ve­ly poe­tic mon­ta­ge that never once dive­sts the musi­ci­an of her enig­ma­tic aura. A Dog Cal­led Money mer­ges the filmmaker’s and the musician’s visi­ons in an extra­or­di­na­ry sym­bio­sis.


IR/GB 2019, 90 Min., engl. OmU
Regie, Buch: Sea­mus Mur­phy
Kame­ra: Sea­mus Mur­phy
Mon­ta­ge: Sebas­ti­an Gol­lek
mit: PJ. Har­vey


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