In one of the candid backstage moments intercut with performance footage on the PJ Harvey tour documentary Please Leave Quietly, Harvey explains that she didn't want this to be a slick concert film but, rather, a 'ramshackle' (she likes that word) patchwork quilt of images that would more accurately convey the experience of being on the road. That's exactly what long-time collaborator, visual artist/photographer Maria Mochnacz delivers here.
Instead of a multi-camera shoot of a single representative performance or a best-of collection shot at various venues, Mochnacz gives us a continuously unfolding montage of slightly out-of-focus video snapshots of Harvey and band onstage during shows and sound checks from a variety of novel vantage points. The snippets of songs being played are used to support the images.
The shaky handheld camera view shifts quickly from water droplets on a bus window to Harvey's pink pumps, someone's foot on an effects pedal, someone else's finger plucking a string, the underside of a cymbal, one of Harvey's cowboy boots, a techie soldering a wire, cigarettes in an ashtray and back to Harvey's shoes.
For some reason, there are an awful lot of shoe shots, which gets boring very fast because Harvey's footwear choices just aren't that exciting. But it could make for a great drinking game if all your pals have a swig of beer every time shoes appear. The best bit is the bonus interview sequence tacked on at the end in which Harvey discusses the hardships faced by a semi-popular artist.