As imaginative as the creative process it documents, this is a uniquely intimate journey through the inspiration, writing and recording of a PJ Harvey record.
A collaboration between writer and musician, Harvey, and award-winning photographer Seamus Murphy. 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.
Official Selection: Berlin International Film Festival
Q+A with producer Katie Holly
“A mongrel mix of music documentary, war-zone travelogue and multimedia art project.” — The Hollywood Reporter
Irish Documentary Competition
Director Seamus Murphy
Producer Katie Holly, Isabel Davis, James Wilson, Seamus Murphy
2019 | Ireland, U.K. | 90 min | Documentary