A Dog Called Money

V'19

A Dog Called Money

Seamus Murphy
IRL/GB, 2019
Features, 92min, OmdU

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A Dog Called Money

Seamus Murphy
IRL/GB, 2019
Features, 92min, OmdU

Fri
25
Oct 19
15:30
Gartenbaukino
Sat
26
Oct 19
21:30
Urania
Cast: 
PJ Harvey
Screenplay: 
Seamus Murphy
Sound: 
Seamus Murphy
Camera: 
Seamus Murphy
Editor: 
Sebastian Gollek
Composer: 
Polly Jean Harvey

Production: 
Pulse Films
Blinder Films
JW Films
World Sales: 
Autlook Filmsales
Distribution in Austria: 
Stadtkino Filmverleih
Format: 
DCP
Color

Documentaries that narrate social causes can come off as heavy or self-congratulatory, so it’s refreshing to see A DOG CALLED MONEY stray from these oft trodden paths. Director and photographer Seamus Murphy invites singer PJ Harvey to follow him on his journeys to Afghanistan, Kosovo, and Washington, D.C. – an arbitrary path, but in many ways an intensely focused one. Harvey gathers her impressions into a collection that doesn’t pretend to delve into worldwide crises, but instead presents ravaged, torn communities as culturally rich, yet underexplored. To Harvey, that richness boils down to sound. After sharing her loose reflections in the voiceover, Harvey and band then patiently improvise on the unique sounds from disparate locations to integrate them into her album "The Hope Six Demolition Project". Harvey allows Murphy’s camera into the studio, and invites an outside audience along too, who stand behind glass – a highly mediated experience, which seems to want to reconstruct a sense of the communal in art nevertheless. Beat by beat, the songs come to life in this observational documentary, tuned in to the plurality of musical heritages, and to Harvey’s passionate craftsmanship. (Ela Bittencourt)

In the presence of Seamus Murphy

Seamus Murphy: 12 SHORT FILMS FOR PJ HARVEY'S LET ENGLAND SHAKE (2011, K), A DARKNESS VISIBLE: AFGHANISTAN (2011, K), WENT THE GAMES WELL? (2012, K), SNAKE (2013, K), HOME IS ANOTHER PLACE (2013, K), BAGRAM (2014, K), SONS OF STONECUTTER STREET (2014, K), THE HOPE SIX DEMOLITION PROJECT (2016, K)