20,000 Days on Earth

20,000 Days on Earth

Iain Forsyth (2014)

15 Certificate


Our Score
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

Nick Cave Nick Cave
Warren Ellis Warren Ellis (1)
Ray Winstone Ray Winstone
Kylie Minogue Kylie Minogue
Blixa Bargeld Blixa Bargeld
Darian Leader Darian Leader
Susie Cave Susie Cave
Director Iain Forsyth
Director Jane Pollard
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Picturehouse EntertainmentGuidance: Swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 19 Sep 2014
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