ARTRIX Cinema is one of only a handful of independent UK cinemas to be screening a fascinating music documentary in September. 20,000 Days On Earth is a bold vision of one of music’s most mysterious and charismatic figures - the iconic 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 observation of his full creative cycle.
The film delves into Cave’s artistic processes, 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, the multi-instrumentalist and epic beard-wearer Warren Ellis; actor and friend Ray Winstone; and Kylie Minogue, whom Cave duetted with on his mainstream hit single Where The Wild Roses Grow. These voices from the past revisit Cave in daydream-like scenes as he sits behind the wheel driving through his adopted hometown of Brighton, England.
The film constructs a narrative and cinematic reality that seamlessly blends performance and storytelling with emotional truths.Viewers see a song grow from the tiniest of ideas sketched out by Cave in his office to a monstrous epic performed by the peerless Bad Seeds on stage at Sydney Opera House. They also witness Cave open up to psychoanalyst Darian Leader as he discusses how his early years continue to inform his work, and later join him on a journey through his personal archive. This category-defying film possesses the same frankness and wry humour that run through all of Cave’s work, and pushes the form into new territory, exploring universal themes and celebrating the transformative power of the creative spirit.
The award-winning film will be followed by an exclusive satellite event featuring Nick Cave performing with special guests.
20,000 Days on Earth (15) Premier with Nick Cave Live Relay is on Wednesday, September 17 at 7pm. Tickets cost £12 (£10) and are available from the box office on 01527 577330 or artrix.co.uk