Renaissance man Nick Cave- better known as the Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds frontman- has also scored numerous films as well as having (recently) scripted the Western Lawless.
His music has gathered a great number of devout fans and is recognized globally as a music maestro and all round very cool gentleman. Thankfully, his new documentary 20,000 Days On Earth 'is neither the career retrospective or concert film you might expect', but something a lot more interesting. 'It a snapshot of the musician, now 57, still trying to connect with his muse'.
Here's what Indiewire had to say about it:
Far from your ordinary music doc, the film is loosely set in a fictional 24 hours in Cave’s life as he examines his own songwriting process and transforms his music from an unformed sketch to a live show scorcher. It also features hallucinatory interviews and staged sequences with voiceover provided by Cave. Unusual as it may be, it’s the only approach that suits an artist as unique as this one. Though he is known for mythologizing the characters in his songs, there are no attempts made to build his own legend here. There’s a difference between the character Cave plays on stage and in his songwriting and the one we see here in the film who is candid, confessional and though immensely talented, at times rather ordinary.
In the documentary, Cave speaks candidly about topics very close to him, from 'early sexual experiences' to the death of his father. He is also joined by close friends and collaborators including the bearded silver fox Warren Ellis who frequently creates the musical architecture for Cave to layer his lyrics onto. , and Blixa Bargeld (longtime Bad Seeds guitarist) also make cameo's.
The focus of the documentary is mainly songwriting, which is facilitated by 's (Submarine, The Imposter) stunning cinematography.
If you consider yourself to be a fan- then there really is no valid excuse for why you would miss this.
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