Heart of a Dog

Heart of a Dog

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Laurie Anderson | USA and France 2015, 75 minutes |
1pm, Saturday 23 July

In times of significant loss, the human mind searches for and projects filmic forms and Anderson’s playful, elegiac, formally adventurous film might best be described as a gorgeous manifestation of this very idea. – Robert Green, Sight & Sound

Centring on Laurie Anderson’s beloved rat terrier Lolabelle, who died in 2011, Heart of a Dog is a personal essay that weaves together childhood memories, video diaries, philosophical musings on data collection, surveillance culture and the Buddhist conception of the afterlife, alongside heartfelt tributes to the artists, writers, musicians and thinkers who inspire her.

A rare film by the legendary musician and artist, Heart of a Dog could stand alone based on its soundtrack and arch narration. And yet, the heart-wrenchingly intimate effort works as a total film, its visually striking blend of animation and documentary footage extending, balancing and ultimately, completing Anderson’s superb essay.


D Laurie Anderson S Laurie Anderson P Laurie Anderson and Dan Janvey
C Laurie Anderson, Toshiaki Ozawa, Joshua Zucker-Pluda E Melody London and Katherine Nolfi
Language: English
Distribution: Transmission DCP
Unrated 15+ +

Winner of the Lina Mangiacapre Award at Venice, Cinema Eyes 2016 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Score and International Cinephile Society 2016 Award for Best Documentary.

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