Nick Cave: 20,000 Days on Earth (2014)

  • Documentary
  • 1h 35m
“At the end of the 20th century, I ceased to be a human being”

This not-quite-a-documentary by multidisciplinary artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard spans a fictitious day in the life of the idiosyncratic Cave, who has settled in the perfectly gloomy/romantic seaside town of Brighton. He goes to therapy and talks about his rebellious years doing very average Aussie teen things and cracks himself up a bit. He talks about his wife and her reluctance to be captured on screen, and eats a pizza with the kids. He drives around a lot and picks up Kylie Minogue for a chat about fame. Amongst all this, he begins to record an album. 20,000 Days on Earth is an imaginative study of the creative process, with moments of real beauty and laughs in between.

“The film conceals as much as it reveals… It embraces a mystery and protects it, and it’s thrilling to behold.” — Time Out


Iain Forsyth


Jane Pollard




United Kingdom