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According to The Creators Project, ‘20,000 Days on Earth’ gives us the Nick Cave ‘he wants us to see’. That’s a good thing, because a mastermind like Cave would understand that losing all mystique would be an injustice to the viewer. The bottom line – however early in this piece it may come – is that Nick Cave, front man of Bad Seeds and Grinderman, is an absolute genius. He holds an iconic spot on a radar that’s picking up less and less signal, purely because more people are shooting for the stars – all while he sits on the moon.
On September 22nd, Nick Cave will celebrate his 57th birthday, meaning he will have spent 20,805 days on this earth. During that time, he’s spearheaded two insanely successful bands, been inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame, published various novels, appeared in a number of films and dabbled in screenwriting. A one sentence summary of his accomplishments is far from just, though to speak of him at the level he deserves could reach comparable lengths to one of his many novels. Simply put, everything Mr Cave has done in his career, he has done well. He’s relentlessly proven that his talent sprawls across various platforms, and while he’s now at the tail end of a 30 year career, the genius in his head is far from subsiding.
Enter ‘20,000 Days on Earth’, a bold vision of one of music’s most mysterious and charismatic figures. It’s currently showing in Australia, and for anyone who’s ever wanted to gain a little insight into the man men want to be, reports suggest this is the way to do it. According to many, directors Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard have fused drama and documentary, making their debut by “weaving a cinematically staged day in Cave’s life with never-before-seen verité observation of his full creative cycle”. From Cave’s artistic processes to his idiosyncrasies and inner-traits, the film intertwines the internal Cave with the external, interviewing many of the people who’ve impacted on his life, both professionally and personally.
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.
It’s out now in Australia. You should see it.