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A Short Film By Seamus Murphy To Accompany The Last Living Rose Will Premiere Here Next Monday

A short film, directed by the esteemed award-winning photographer Seamus Murphy, will premiere right here on Monday December 20th. Murphy has directed a series of short films to accompany all 12 songs on Harveys new album Let England Shake, The Last Living Rose will be the first to air.

The 12 films will feature still and moving images from a 5,000 mile road-trip Murphy undertook around England. He has worked similarly with still photography on journeys through America and Russia.

Inspired and developed from themes in the new album, the films were made in the manner of classic photographic reportage - recording real & spontaneous situations. They make up a visual diary of Murphys journey, travelling light and alone, and his attempt to document England and the English.

Murphy has mixed his observations on England with images from his work in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Middle East - places Polly refers to in her depiction of England. The film soundtrack, the studio recording of the album Let England Shake, is mixed at times with footage and audio Murphy captured of Harvey in rehearsal and in performance. In addition some of the album lyrics were given a voice by people he encountered on his journey.

posted: 17.12.2010

PJ Harvey to receive honorary degree from Goldsmiths University
posted: 21.08.2014
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Royal Albert Hall, October 2011. Stream now in HD
posted: 10.07.2014
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BBC Radio 4's Today programme - PJ Harvey's opening statement
posted: 02.01.2014
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