Monday, 24 August 2015

20,000 Days on Earth.

Opening with a montage of his complete life 20,000 Days on Earth (2014) depicts a fictitious 24 hours period in the life of the Australian musician, model, songwriter, author, screenwriter, composer and actor Nick Cave at a time when he was recording his 2013 album Push the Sky Away. I saw Cave, a very tall lean man who resembles an Old Testament character in a dark suit, perform with his band The Bad Seeds at the Glasgow Academy in November 2004 and it was a performance that I won't forget.  There is no doubting the mans ability, he has produced some great music over the years, mainly about sex, death and religion, and composed, along with Warren Ellis's, some great movie soundtrack's including The Proposition (2005), The Assassination of Jessie James (2007) and Lawless (2012) j
Conversations with Kyle Minogue....

....Warren Ellis....

....and Ray Winstone.

Although said to be fiction ‘where great truths get told’, it’s a re-assessment of his life via a scrapbook of memories and made up sets. Originally Cave had invited directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard to film the making his latest album but it evolved further into an insightful and fascinating look at the complicated mind of a singularly unique artist at the grand age of 57, one who has spent a career building a character around himself with his words and music and actually becoming that character! If the film proves nothing else then it proves that Nick Cave can smile - as he does in the 'car' scenes with both Kyle Minogue and Ray Winstone. A driven artiste whose greatest joy is still performing live.  An un-tempered and honest reflection of a very deeply affecting man. Be adventurous and bear witness to this absorbing 'documentary' 

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