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A Dog Called Money

Seamus Murphy

Writer and musician PJ 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 some of his worldwide reporting trips, joining him in Afghanistan, Kosovo, and Washington DC. Harvey collected words; Murphy collected images.

"Provides a stunning portrait of Harvey's creative practice..."

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

A Dog Called Money delves into each track on the album, unearthing the layers of process behind their creation, and the people and places who inspired them. Dreamlike, elliptical and intimate, the film provides a stunning portrait of Harvey's creative practice and unprecedented access to an enigmatic musical icon. By capturing the immediacy of their encounters with the people and places they visited, Murphy shows the humanity at the heart of the work, tracing the sources of the songs, their special metamorphosis into recorded music, and ultimately, cinema.