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      20,000 Days on Earth

      2014, Drama, 1h 37m

      87 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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      Revealing yet respectful, 20,000 Days on Earth is essential viewing for any Nick Cave fan. Read critic reviews

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      Movie Info

      A therapist's questions and a visit to a voluminous archive propel a dramatization of a day in the life of musician and cultural icon Nick Cave.

      • Genre: Drama

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard

      • Producer: James Wilson, Dan Bowen

      • Writer: Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard

      • Release Date (Theaters):  limited

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      • Box Office (Gross USA): $277.8K

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      • Distributor: Drafthouse Films

      • Production Co: British Film Institute, Film4

      Cast & Crew

      Iain Forsyth
      Jane Pollard
      Dan Bowen
      Thomas Benski
      Lucas Ochoa
      Anna Higgs
      Tabitha Jackson
      Hani Farsi
      Phoebe Greenberg
      Penny Mancuso
      Paul Goldin
      Paul Grindey
      Erik Wilson
      Jonathan Amos
      Nick Cave
      Warren Ellis
      Simon Rogers

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      • Jan 03, 2015

        Essentially Nick Cave having a ninety minute wank. But if anybody deserves to have a movie made about themselves masturbating into the camera, It's Nick Cave.

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      • Nov 13, 2014

        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, has wide variety of influences, and lyrics show obsessions with religion, death, love and violence. New Musical Express, in the early 2010s, called him "the grand lord of gothic lushness". This film depicts fictitious 24 hours in the life of this Australian musician, songwriter, author, screenwriter, composer and actor, prior and during the recording of his 2013 album Push the Sky Away. The first part was developing a story in very artistic , very smooth way, but the crescendo was obvious only when the music performed on concerts came on! Amazing transformation of a legendary musician. It can be a little bit too self-indulging at some stage, but Nick Cave deserves the right for it. Upon Cave's induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame, ARIA Awards committee chairman Ed St John said, "Nick Cave has enjoyed-and continues to enjoy-one of the most extraordinary careers in the annals of popular music. He is an Australian artist like Sidney Nolan is an Australian artist-beyond comparison, beyond genre, beyond dispute". I would love to recommend this to all of the Nick Cave fans, and those inspiring to become like him, especially interested in the creative process.

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      • Oct 23, 2014

        This funny, revealing and well-edited film is a must-see for fans of Nick Cave and also for those who would like to take an intimate look into an artist's creative process and motivation, even if the charm wears off fast and the doc is also stuffed with a tad too many concert scenes.

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      • Sep 26, 2014

        Nick Cave often produces music or books that end up being complete rubbish but you have to give him credit for trying and sometimes he succeeds in very interesting ways. Thankfully not a typical doc, this is a unique and fascinating look back at one man's life.

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