Films Directed or Co-Directed by Women
20,000 Days on Earth
A semi-fictionalized documentary about a day in the life of Australian musician Nick Cave's persona.
Came in with no real relationship to Nick Cave or his music and loved this trip... It doesn't exactly enter F FOR FAKE territory, but it's just contrived and calibrated enough, with Cave openly musing about his fascination with narratives and instinctive need to embellish his own experiences, that it wouldn't shock me to learn that the "documentary's" only bit of truth – so far as these things go – is what I came in already knowing: Cave is a fringe rock star who spends a lot of time writing and recording songs. Maybe he doesn't live in Brighton, isn't married to a (stunning) woman named Suzie, doesn't have twin boys, doesn't see a therapist, and there's no team of…
"I am transforming, I am vibrating - I'm glowing - I'm flying! Look at me now!"
I used to suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder. It's much better now - I'm miserable all the year round these days - and one of the ways I used to get it under control was to take photos and videos of grey, rainy skies. If I could take the weather that was troubling me and turn it into a matter of exposure lengths and f-stops, I could control it.
One of the many, many, many revelations of Jane Pollard and Iain Forsyth's new film about Nick Cave is that he used to do the same thing. Although Cave never struck me as the sort…
Nick Cave plays Nick Cave in a 'documentary' that at times seems to encompass larger cinematic proportions than you would typically associate with the genre. The film is presented as his 20,000 day alive since birth, 24 hours in the life of an artist, a husband, a Dad, a dreamer, a realist and a middle-age man living in Brighton. To call this a documentary is not really true in the strictest sense, regularly drifting into the fictional realm so often inhabited by its subjects songs.
Certainly if you are turned on by the idea of delving into an artists creative process, being taken into the confusing, restless mind that attempts to make sense of their life and world around them…
When I talk about editing as a creative art form, I'm thinking of things like showing Nick Cave kicking the air, then cutting in mid-movement to his younger self completing the same move. Poetry, commentary and emotion in one cut.
This is still brilliant.
Memories don’t matter so much to me for I often tend to recall the bad ones: those in which I did something embarrassing or which are dominated by disappointment. Not that I am unhappy about the things I do, it’s just that the good ones fade much faster. Watching a guy recall his memories therefore doesn’t appeal to me as a concept for a ‘documentary’, especially since I’m not a Nick Cave fan per se, although this film fortunately centred on his latest album - Push the Sky Away - that I’ve acquainted more than the rest of his back catalogue. There way too much semi-philosophical mumbling that may work for his spoken-words style of song writing, but which, as…
A biopic/documentary on writer/singer/actor/performer/Bad Seed Nick Cave was never going to be ordinary. Not in his hands.
To be fair actually, massive credit on this endlessly fascinating insight into the (20,000th) day of a hard-working and much-adored artist goes to the writing and directing team of Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard. Having worked with the Bad Seeds before, they are allowed unusual access into the recording of the latest album PUSH THE SKY AWAY as they get the ball rolling on a film about its enigmatically intense frontman Nick Cave.
But the cameras start rolling on his alarm clock and him waking up in bed with his wife Suzie to go about his day. We'll not see much of her…
This was amazing. I'm a Nick Cave fan to begin with, so that probably helps, but it deeply resonated with me. There's so much in here that will ring true to creative spirits.
My soul rejoiced. Such crafting of words and concepts and inner truths. Interspersed with notes and melodies and instrumentation that reaches into your soul and demands acknowledgement.
This is where I live.
loved the style. but thats it. like thats it. thats it.
i wish david bowie had a film like this
What a surprise. I thought this would be a self congratulatory 'look at me' from the biggest frown in music, but it was an enjoyable, if slightly contrived day in the life of a competent musician.
I love seeing the process of making music and I found myself absolutely transfixed during the studio scenes.
Much much better than I expected. Time to find my Nick Cave CD.
20,000 Days on Earth is fiction in the form of documentary, though it at times feels real enough that it may be much closer to documentary.
The focus of the movie is Nick Cave and his thoughts on the creative process, whether it be creating a song or writing a novel. Throughout the movie, we see Cave with his family, in therapy, recording, reflecting, and talking to the people like Kylie Minogue who make up his memories -- all toward the effort of creating some sense of understanding about Cave and his art.
There were times where I felt a bit indifferent and times where I felt like there was humor there that was perhaps unintentional -- coming from voice-over…
I'm very much an admirer of Nick Cave but not a fan. I enjoyed the Grinderman stuff but usually only get a real kick of about 2 or 3 songs on his albums. I love the idea of Nick Cave enough to give a documentary a go.
This is really worth watching for anyone with an interest in the creative process or even just documentary film-making.
This is a film in a quest for truth and this aim dictates the form. It's beautifully shot and, as you'd expect from such a brilliant lyricist, superbly narrated by Cave himself. The last 10 minutes in particular bring everything together and is the satisfying solution to the equation you've been watching.
while the filmmakers masterfully melt together fiction and documentary, Nick Cave guides us through his daydream dealing with the nature of being an artist. A must see for fans and all of us who try to put creativity into words.
Ongetwijfeld zullen Nick Cave fans hun spreekwoordelijke erectie niet kunnen verbergen bij het kijken naar deze, bij momenten erg narcistische, parabel. Cave is een meester-verteller maar dat wisten we al vanuit zijn muziek. Dus welke boodschap wil hij de kijker meegeven? De intimiteit gaat niet diep genoeg om de man achter de artiest te leren kennen en de banaliteit van reality TV is vanzelfsprekend niet besteed aan een highbrow kunstenaar als Cave. 4 minuten Dig, Lazarus, Dig! zijn interesanter, pakkender en boeiende dan 90 minuten 20,000 Days on Earth.
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