Excursion among the Countries, Documentary, and Essay: Layered Narratives and Self-Representation in A<i> Dog</i><i> Called</i><i> Money</i>

Çalışkan Ö.

CINEJ CINEMA JOURNAL, no.2, pp.98-126, 2023 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.5195/cinej.2023.478
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Film & Television Literature Index, International Index to Film Periodicals, MLA - Modern Language Association Database, Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Page Numbers: pp.98-126
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: Yes


The film elements, especially in documentary or essay films, carry the director's point of view more prominently. A Dog Called Money (2019) is a film with essayistic and documentary features by photographer Seamus Murphy about the creation process of English musician PJ Harvey's album, The Hope Six Demolition Project. The film focuses on the artists' journey in Afghanistan, Kosovo, and Washington, DC, and the album's production process, which takes place in a live museum exhibition. Murphy uses visual narrative, while Harvey takes on the textual and auditory narrator role with voice-over, text, and music. Therefore, this study analyses the textual and audio-visual features of the documentary film that reflect the self-representation of both artists. The representation form created by the multiple narrators that the film's narrative varies between the essay and the documentary genre is interpreted in the context of image, sound, and text..