A DOG CALLED MONEY
"The current trend in music videos is to pump them full of predators, pop sex, and outdated s/m imagery. In contrast, this unheralded piece (directed by Seamus Murphy) is a wisp of humanity celebrating the small things, including the wonderful singer herself."
- Patti Smith
"The most compelling sections of this movie take place in that temporary London studio. Harvey is detail-oriented, good-humored, intimately involved and encouraging of her fellow musicians..."
- New York Times
As imaginative as the creative process it documents, A DOG CALLED MONEY is a uniquely intimate journey through the inspiration, writing and recording of a PJ Harvey record.
Writer and musician Harvey and award-winning photographer Seamus Murphy sought first-hand experiences 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.
Back home, the words became poems, songs and then an album, which was 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.
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.
About PJ Harvey
During the alternative rock explosion, several female singer/songwriters rose to prominence, but few have proved as distinctive or as widely praised as Polly Jean Harvey.
PJ Harvey is one of the world’s most respected and awarded recording artists. From the outset of her career she has commanded global attention as an accomplished composer, multi-instrumentalist, lyricist and poet.
Harvey has released nine-critically acclaimed albums, been nominated for six Grammy Awards and is the only artist to have received the UK’s prestigious Mercury Music Prize twice.