20,000 Days On Earth

Presented as a sort of day in the life documentary, this film has Nick Cave ruminating on his childhood, his love of performing music and his career so far at the milestone of 20,000 days on earth (just shy of 55 years). It also shows some insights into the creative process of writing music and some studio performances of whole songs on the new Nick Cave And the Bad Seeds album Push the Sky Away.

And it’s really good! It’s very interesting spending time with Nick, driving along the coast road in Brighton, getting insights into his playful character and his constructed stage personality. As he plays with a new idea for a song at one point his band mate tells him it sounds like a Lionel Ritchie song and that’s it ruined! He is one of the few people that would write lyrics about driving down to Geneva with the Higgs boson blues, manage to work in references to Hannah Montana and somehow make it all work. The music is great too and the studio sessions feel very open and intimate and the film culminates with a live performance, crescendoing with a wall of noise.

Nick’s constructed world might not be to everyone’s liking, but I really enjoyed it.

4 on 5

Directed by: Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard
Starring: Nick Cave, Susie Bick, Warren Ellis, Darian Leader, Ray Winstone, Blixa Bargeld, Kylie Minogue UK Release: 19th September 2014


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