20,000 Days On Earth
Director: Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard
Cast: Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Ray Winstone, Kylie Minogue, Blixa Bargeld, Susie Bick, Arthur Cave
Genre: Music Documentary
Country of Origin: UK 2014 97 mins.
Released by PICTUREHOUSE ENTERTAINMENT
In their debut feature directors Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard offer a fictionalised day in Nick Cave’s life which attempts an overview of his creative cycle. What makes the elusive Nick Cave’s tick?
The film glides through childhood, sex, drugs and parents, people and places from regular collaborator, the multi-instrumentalist Warren Ellis to Ray Winstone and Kylie Minogue in a 1980s black Jaguar XJ, to his adopted hometown of Brighton, a song sketched out in his office,a Bad Seeds gig at Sydney Opera House and psychoanalyst Darian Leader chatting about the early years informing his work.
An informative over view? The documentary's surprising, a curiosity and very professional but it seems a bit ostentatious, a bit pseudo, rather contrived and taking the subject a little bit too seriously. The enigmatic and elusive Nick Cave's serious about song writing but not about himself.
Nick Cave fans will love it.