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Seamus Murphy – A Dog Called Money #Berlinale2019

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A world famous photographer meets an iconic musician: Seamus and Polly travel the world and inspire one another. An astounding film.

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PODCAST| Angelo Acerbi interviews Seamus Murphy, director of the film A Dog Called Money.

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Seamus Murphy, photographer turned videomaker and director, tells us the birth of A Dog Called Money: from a photo montage with music, to a documentary, to a live show PJ Harvey’s style. The meeting of two people with same vibes and a common artistic sensitivity.

A Dog Called Money: A child curiously presses its face against the window of a car in which British musician PJ Harvey and photojournalist and filmmaker Seamus Murphy are sitting. They are in Kabul, Afghanistan, one of three destinations to which they are travelling; the others are Kosovo and Washington, D.C. Harvey is searching for inspiration; collecting impressions and words, observing, listening and absorbing. Her thoughts can be heard in voice-over. Hers is the chronicle of a stranger whose attentive gaze is directed towards the reality of everyday life in the places she visits. Inspiration turns into poetry, which gives rise to songs for her album The Hope Six Demolition Project. Back in London, Harvey records these songs with her band in a purpose-built studio which serves as a kind of peepshow, its one-way window allowing interested audiences to observe the process. Seamus Murphy transposes Harvey’s search for inspirational material and her intimate creative process into an impressively poetic montage that never once divests the musician of her enigmatic aura. A Dog Called Money merges the filmmaker’s and the musician’s visions in an extraordinary symbiosis.

  • Reporter
    Angelo Acerbi
  • Guest
    Seamus Murphy
  • Interviewee role
    Director
  • Film title
    A Dog Called Money
  • Festival section
    Panorama
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