Archive of films 20,000 Days on Earth / 20,000 Days on Earth

United Kingdom
2014, 95 min

Section: Another View
Year: 2014

The 20,000th day in the life of Nick Cave begins with his alarm clock going off and ends with a walk on the beach. The precisely formulated structure of the piece allows the viewer to glimpse the inner workings of the creative, original and mesmeric Nick Cave, whose distinctive authorial style is firmly stamped on the film. For ninety-five minutes the viewer finds himself in the company of an immensely creative individual.


The 20,000th day in the life of Nick Cave begins with his alarm clock going off and ends with a walk on the beach. The inner workings of an immensely creative and multifaceted individual – musician, composer, screenwriter and novelist – are laid bare before the audience in this highly original, poetic and distinctive mosaic. Acted scenes alternate with actual footage within a precisely formulated film structure and it’s up to viewers to decide which of the film’s layers they will be gulled by and which they will see for what they are – Cave’s visit to see a therapist, who turns out to be the respected modern philosopher Alain de Botton; the drives along the Brighton seafront; and the witty snatches of conversation between Cave and his colleagues. Nick Cave turns directly to the camera to share his outlook on life and the world, but primarily his views on songwriting and artistic creativity. For ninety-five minutes the viewer finds himself in the exclusive company of a talented and mesmeric personality.

About the director

Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard

Iain Forsyth (b. 1973, Manchester) and Jane Pollard (b. 1972, Newcastle) studied at Goldsmiths College in 1992-95 and have been working together ever since. Their live re-creation A Rock’N’Roll Suicide, inspired by David Bowie’s legendary performance as Ziggy Stardust, was the very first example of what is now a common technique in contemporary art, where highly-charged moments from art history are re-enacted and set in an entirely new context. The film 20,000 Days on Earth is their feature film debut, screened at Sundance and in the Panorama section at this year’s Berlin IFF.


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Another View
Director: Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard
Screenplay: Nick Cave, Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard
Dir. of Photography: Erik Wilson
Music: Nick Cave, Warren Ellis
Editor: Jonathan Amos
Producer: Dan Bowen, James Wilson
Production: Pulse Films
Coproduction: JW Films, Film4, BFI, Corniche Pictures, Goldin Films
Cast: Nick Cave, Ray Winstone, Blixa Bargeld, Kylie Minogue
Contact: Asociace českých filmových klubů, HanWay Films
Distributor: Asociace českých filmových klubů


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