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





Documentary, essayistic excursion, narration, A Dog Called Money, self-representation


The film elements, especially in the 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 British musician PJ Harvey's latest 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 role of the textual and auditory narrator 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 layered narrators that the film's narrative varies between the essay and the documentary genre is interpreted in the context of image, sound, and text.

Author Biography

Özgür Çalışkan, Anadolu University

Özgür Çalışkan, Ph.D., completed his BA degree at Bahçeşehir University, Department of Cinema and Television with a full scholarship, MA degree at Digital Culture Program, Jyvaskyla University in Finland, and Ph.D. at Department of Cinema and Television, Anadolu University, where he has been working since 2012. Çalışkan has participated in exchange programs at the University of Ulster and the University of Ljubljana and has been a guest lecturer at the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Since 2013, he has been a member of the Executive Board of the International Eskişehir Film Festival. Çalışkan's recent works include Digital Pride on the Streets of the Internet: Facebook and Twitter Practices of the LGBTI Movement in Turkey (Sexuality & Culture 25, 2021) and a chapter on horror and otherness in American Horror Story and Cult Television (Eds. Richard Hand & Mark O'Thomas) to be published by Anthem Press in 2023. He lectures on cinematic narrative, screenwriting, film genres, science fiction, identity and digital technologies; he has national and international book chapters, articles, and papers in these fields.


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How to Cite

Çalışkan, Özgür. (2023). Excursion among the Countries, Documentary, and Essay: Layered Narratives and Self-Representation in A Dog Called Money. CINEJ Cinema Journal, 11(2), 98–126. https://doi.org/10.5195/cinej.2023.478