20,000 Days On Earth

Directors: Jane Pollard, Iain Forsyth
97 mins Film4 Archive

Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard's bold vision of one of music’s most mysterious and charismatic figures, the iconic Nick Cave.

In their debut feature, directors Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard fuse drama and documentary by weaving a cinematically staged day in Cave’s life with never-before-seen verité observation of his full creative cycle.

The film delves into Cave’s artistic processes, unpicking the stuff that makes him tick. We meet those who have affected his life, personally and professionally, including hilarious moments shared with his regular collaborator, the multi-instrumentalist and epic beard-wearer Warren Ellis; actor and friend Ray Winstone; and Kylie Minogue, whom Cave duetted with on his mainstream hit single Where The Wild Roses Grow. These voices from the past revisit Cave in daydream-like scenes as he sits behind the wheel driving through his adopted hometown of Brighton, England.


20,000 Days On Earth was nominated for the Best Documentary BAFTA in 2015.