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20,000 Days on Earth
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This documentary about one day in the life of Nick Cave brilliantly encapsulates what makes the writer/musician tick, and does so in bravura style. Collaborating artists and film-makers Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard place the Aussie singer against the backdrop of his adopted home town of Brighton, a place that's become a muse of sorts in Cave's vivid, dark-hued works. An appointment with a psychoanalyst, lunch with collaborator Warren Ellis and a visit to the wonderfully reimagined Nick Cave Archive each offer their own insights into the man and his motivations, while a series of car journeys are given a dreamlike quality by various faces conjured from Cave's past, including actor Ray Winstone and unlikely chart-friendly foil Kylie Minogue. Songs from the 2013 album
Push the Sky Away
punctuate these wanderings, with early studio rehearsals building to a series of blistering gigs, but Cave is an equally compelling presence away from the stage. Holding forth on love, drugs, religion and the transformative power of performance, this is a man who has lived a life and has stories to share (including the funniest Nina Simone anecdote you're ever likely to hear). The film certainly allows Cave to present himself on his own terms, but it's also as intelligent, articulate and subtly mischievous as its subject.
Documentary about Nick Cave, exploring his creative process by following him over the course of one day. The film explores Cave's personal archives and features recordings of his sessions with a psychoanalyst, and includes contributions from friends, family and musical collaborators, including Kylie Minogue and Ray Winstone.
Cast & Crew
Warren Ellis (1)
DVD and Blu-ray
19 Sep 2014
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