Tuesday 28 February 2012

PJ Harvey - Let England Shake film

Went to see Seamus Murphy's films made for each of the songs on PJ Harvey's Let England Shake at the Watershed in Bristol. 

Although the songs and the films meditate on images of war and England's martial past and present, this is quite subtly done and there is much landscape imagery here of striking beauty. Unrelated but complimentary stills and short snatches of film are interspersed with talking heads and performance footage, giving a warts and all snapshot of England in all her ragged glory.  

PJ Harvey has always ploughed her own furrow (to use a landscape cliche), but with this album and her last (White Chalk) has produced haunting and evocative pieces of music with a real sense of landscape and place.   

All of the films can be viewed here.

1 comment:

  1. I can't wait to see this and also the Sebald film.


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