With its title taken from a calculation scrawled in one of Nick Cave’s notebooks - the age he was when starting work on his latest album 'Push the Sky', the film 20,000 Days on Earth records 24 hours in the life of Nick Cave, the frontman of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Grinderman.
Shot in secrecy, 20,000 Days on Earth premiered at Sundance to rapturous applause. Taking home two awards – for directing and editing, the jury described the documentary as ‘storytelling at its most visionary and mindblowing’.
The Directors of this drama-documentary, Ian Forsyth and Jane Pollard, provided no script to Cave, instead composing real situations and allowing him to improvise. ‘They had a camera set up in my office when I'm just writing the first lines of things, picking out the first melodies on the piano,’ famously cautious interviewee Cave explains.
The film’s central theme is invention, a celebration of the creative process from scribble to song. It touches upon the artist’s sprawling forty year music career, with cameos from Kylie Minogue and Ray Winstone amongst others, climaxing with archival footage of the man himself with his Bad Seeds, tearing up the Sydney Opera House.
The film will be released worldwide later this year. In the meantime view the trailer below.