PJ Harvey – A Dog Called Money


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, 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.


Great Point Media, ATC Management, Pulse Films, Blinder Films and JW Films present, in association with Fís Éireann / Screen Ireland and Somerset House and Artangel

A Pulse Films / Blinder Films / JW Films production

Written & Directed by Seamus Murphy

Produced by Isabel Davis, Katie Holly, James Wilson, Seamus Murphy

Executive Producers: Thomas Benski, Marisa Clifford, Tim O’Shea, Jim Reeve, Laura Macara, Celine Haddad, Kieron J. Walsh, Brian Message, Sumit Bothra, Sebastian Golle

Financiers: Great Point Media, ATC Management, Fís Éireann / Screen Ireland

Co-Producer: Evan Horan

Director of Photography: Seamus Murphy

Distributors: MUBI (UK), Break Out Pictures (Ireland)

Festivals: Berlin International Film Festival, Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Sofia International Film Festval, Istanbul Film Festival, Visions du Réel Film Festival, Docs Against Gravity Film Festival, Beat Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Shanghai International Film Festival, Valletta Film Festival, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Galway Film Fleadh, Melbourne International Film Festival, Vienna International Film Festival