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A Dog Called Money

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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.
Back home, the words become poems, songs, then an album, 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.
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.
Official Selection Berlinale 2019 - Panorama Dokumente - World premiere


Type of film
Running Time
90 mins
Seamus Murphy 1st Feature
Isabel Davis, Katie Holly, James Wilson, Seamus Murphy
Evan Horan
Executive Producer
Thomas Benski, Marisa Clifford, Tim O'Shea, Jim Reeve, Laura Macara, Celine Haddad, Kieron J. Walsh, Brian Message, Sumit Bothra, Sebastian Gollek
Sebastian Gollek
Seamus Murphy
Director of Photography
Seamus Murphy
Seamus Murphy; Sound Design: Brendan Rehill
Polly Jean Harvey
Principal Cast
PJ Harvey

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Last updated 2nd May 2019

Production Company

Ireland, UK co-production

A Pulse Films (UK), Blinder Films (IE), JW Films (UK) production in association with Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland (IE), Somerset House (UK), Artangel (UK) with support of ATC Management (UK), Great Point Media (UK)

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