As of 9th October 2014.
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…
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.
"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…
"Your limitations make you the wonderful disaster you most probably are."
Everything I could have hoped for in a documentary about Australia's most intense, brooding and experimental rock icon Nick Cave. Breaking documentary form in the most exquisite way, 20,000 Days on Earth is totally befitting of Cave's often abstract and poetic sensibilities that are prevalent in his body of musical work. Similarly to last years Stories We Tell, the film plays with narrative as it moves along, so we never quite know what could be truth or fiction, yet in the process we get to peek behind the mystique of the man himself as he psychoanalyses himself and offers us an insight into the creative process. Filmed in and…
I have to admit right away that I am not at all impartial when it comes to Nick Cave. The guy can pretty much do no wrong in my eyes. What I would say is that even if you aren't a Nick Cave fan, either of his music, novels, screenplays or film scores; what this documentary does is give a real insight into the creative process.
Offering a fictionalised day-in-the-life (his 20,000th) from rising in the morning to performing a show with The Bad Seeds, we follow Cave he goes about his business. He visits his psychiatrist, the home of his longtime collaborator Warren Ellis, reminisces over old photos and paraphernalia at his archives, records in the studio, and talks…
Excellent look at Nick Cave. Fantastic direction!
Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard celebrate Nick Cave's 20,000th day on earth by creating an insightful film into a day in his live...or maybe they don't. A kind of pseudo-documentary tailing Cave as he reflects on his career, ego and what makes him tick whilst driving the likes of Ray Winstone and Kylie Minogue around Brighton and surrounding areas. The scenes and set-ups are constructs, though the conversation is fluid and naturalistic. Cave has a co-writing credit and whatever the 'truth', the result is fascinating.
Close your eyes when Nick Cave speaks and he sounds exactly like Ben Mendelsohn. Open them as Cave turns to the side and he looks like Jim Carrey as the Grinch.
Cave's novel, AND THE ASS SAW THE ANGEL, is fantastic and the only book I ever had to read with a dictionary at arm's reach.
Parte documental, parte biopic. 20,000 days on earth cruza la linea entre la realidad y la ficción con delicadeza. Mejor dicho, queda claro cuando es documental y cuando es ficción pero no es tan claro que tanta realidad existe en su ficción. El titulo es sólo el titulo, eso sí, todo esto no sucede en un día, sólo en la mente de Nick Cave. Y es eso, un día, aparente, en la mente de Cave. Tranquilamente cool y naturalmente poética, la película de un escritor acerca de un escritor.
I know many people who never heard of Nick Cave... and it's amazing, but most of them are boring! I am glad that this British documentary co-written and directed by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, with the help of Nick Cave himself, was on the opposite side of the scale! It was well edited, revealing, exciting, educational... it was to be expected that on its première in the World Cinema Documentary Competition at 2014 Sundance Film Festival won two Awards.
Nick Cave is best known for his work as lead singer of the rock band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, a group known for its eclectic influences and musical styles since 1983. Cave's music is charged with emotional intensity,…
I love Nick Cave with all of my heart.
Found this to be really moving, funny and entertaining. Plays with documentary form in pretty neat ways, looks gorgeous, and is one of the best films on the artist's creative process I've ever seen.
Nick Cave, il poeta maledetto del rock si racconta.
I demoni interiori, la spinta verso la luce, i successi
personali e come artista, i suoi amici e i suoi compagni
di strada, e, ovviamente, la sua meravigliosa musica.
"One day, I will tell you how to slay the dragon."
Nick Cave is enigma. Flash, fashionable, thoughtful, prolific, and so deeply genuine as to border on caricature, despite a countenance that seems closer to surly assassin than cult rock god. Watching 20,000 DAYS doesn't feel like documentary so much as a weirdly fictionalized, polished, looking-over of a man's shoulder as he creates, confesses, and drives about the countryside with a variety of cohorts, co-conspirators, and companions. It's pretty captivating stuff, even for someone like me who didn't discover Cave's work until after turning 40, which is probably an understatement of being late to the game.
- Apocalypse Now
- The Lord of the Rings: The Return of…
- The Big Lebowski
- The Shining
- Meshes of the Afternoon
- Merrily We Go to Hell
- The Cabbage Patch Fairy
Films Directed or Co-Directed by Women
- Sound City
- Stop Making Sense
- Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who
- Shut Up and Play the Hits
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