Nominated for the BAFTA for Best Documentary in 2015, '20,000 Days on Earth' is a bold vision of one of music’s most mysterious and charismatic figures: Nick Cave.
In their debut feature, directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard fuse drama and documentary by weaving a cinematically staged day in Cave’s life with never-before-seen verité observation of his full creative cycle. The film delves into Cave’s artistic process, unpicking the stuff that makes him tick. We meet those who have affected his life, personally and professionally, including hilarious moments shared with his regular collaborator and multi-instrumentalist Warren Ellis, actor and friend Ray Winstone, and Kylie Minogue. These voices from the past revisit Cave in daydream-like scenes as he sits behind the wheel driving through his adopted hometown of Brighton.
Avowedly neither a music documentary nor a concert film, '20,000 Days on Earth' still contains electrifying performances. This unique film eschews categorisation whilst possessing the same frankness and wry humour that runs through all of Cave’s work.
"Artists Jane Pollard and Iain Forsyth’s portrait of Nick Cave folds the collaborative process of making a film into a world where art and life blur into a journey of poetic genesis." - Luke Moody, Director of Film Programming at Sheffield Doc/Fest
★★★★ "Flits between handsome neo-noir pastiche and ripe psychological melodrama" - Mark Kermode's Film of the Week, The Observer