20,000 Days on Earth | Film review – Musical maverick Nick Cave gets a fitting portrait

20,000 Days on Earth - Nic Cave

Australian rock singer Nick Cave is a musical maverick so it’s only appropriate that intimate documentary portrait 20,000 Days on Earth should be resolutely idiosyncratic, too. Structured around a fictional day in its subject’s life (his 20,000th on the planet), directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s film stages revealing encounters in Cave’s adopted hometown Brighton with friends and collaborators, including Ray Winstone, Kylie Minogue and musician Blixa Bargeld, together with a visit to psychoanalyst Darian Loader and a trip to an imagined archive of his past. Along the way get insights into what makes Cave tick as we watch a song grow from the tiny germ of an idea into a full-blown musical number rousingly performed with his band the Bad Seeds on the stage of Sydney Opera House.


Certificate 15. Runtime 97 mins. Directors Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard.

20,000 Days on Earth is showing on Film 4 at 11.05pm tonight.


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