Innovative mix of fiction and documentary essay with Nick Cave as both subject and co-conspirator, portraying the Australian musician's artistic process and combining it with a narrative of his 20,000th day on Earth. The feature debut from British visual artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, who took home the World Cinema (Documentary) award for directing at Sundance 2014.
"Nick Cave has long been one of the most fascinating and enigmatic figures in the music and film world. 20,000 Days on Earth enhances his mystique... The film weaves two parallel narrative threads. The first is a cinematic portrait of Cave's 20,000th day, created through a series of staged, but not scripted, scenes and encounters. The second looks in depth at his creativity - from writing through recording and rehearsal to performance... Ultimately, 20,000 Days reaches beyond Cave to ask all of us how many days we've been alive and what use we've made of that time." (Sundance Film Festival)
World Cinema (Documentary) Director and Editing Award at Sundance Film Festival 2014
2014Rating: MA15+, Strong nudity and sexualised imagery98 minsUK
Directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard combine documentary and drama, music and musings on life, in a portrait of Australian musician Nick Cave as he spends his 20,000th day on Earth. For some, it’ll be a dreamlike, day-in-the-life treatment that teeters on pretentious; an arty conceit that confounds and confuses more than it engages or enlightens. For others, it offers a magical montage of music and imagery, fractured insights and diverting discussions.
[Cave] invites us to get acquainted with a self-mythologising heightened version of who he is, a character in his own fully inhabited fiction... shows an uncommon coherence of vision between the British visual artists and their subject.