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Opening Night: A Dog Called Money (PJ Harvey) + Q&A with director Seamus Murphy

Part of Doc'n Roll Festival

A group of musicians standing in a recording studio being watched by the producers in the next room

As imaginative as the creative process it documents, this is a uniquely intimate journey through the inspiration, writing and recording of a PJ Harvey record. A London Premiere. 

Writer and musician Harvey and award-winning photographer Seamus Murphy hatched a collaboration. Seeking first-hand experience of the countries she wanted to write about, Harvey accompanied Murphy on his worldwide reporting trips, joining him in Afghanistan, Kosovo, and Washington DC. Harvey collected words, Murphy collected images.

Back home, the words become poems, songs, then an album, which is recorded in an unprecedented art experiment in Somerset House. In a specially constructed room behind one-way glass, the public are invited to watch the 5-week process as a live sound-sculpture. Murphy exclusively documents the experiment with the same forensic vision and private access as their travels.

By capturing the immediacy of their encounters with the people and places they visited, Murphy shows the humanity at the heart of the work.

Tagged with: Cinema Doc n Roll 2019

UK 2019 Dir Seamus Murphy 90 min

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