A live satellite broadcast from London’s Barbican to 150 UK cinemas on September 17, this red carpet gala preview of 20,000 DAYS ON EARTH will be followed by a unique 60-minute live experience that includes a live performance with Nick Cave, Warren Ellis and Barry Adamson and a Q&A with the creative team behind the film including directors Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard and special guests.
Following this exclusive event, Picturehouse Entertainment will release Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s 20,000 DAYS ON EARTH, the award-winning feature about musician and author Nick Cave, on September 19 in cinemas across the UK and Ireland.
The film had its World Premiere at the Sundance and Berlin Festivals earlier in the year to great critical and public acclaim, winning the Sundance Best Direction prize and the Best Editing Award for Jonathan Amos in the World Cinema Documentary section.
20,000 DAYS ON EARTH is a 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.
The film constructs a narrative and cinematic reality that seamlessly blends performance and storytelling with emotional truths. Avowedly neither a music documentary nor a concert film, 20,000 DAYS ON EARTH still contains electrifying performances. We see a song grow from the tiniest of ideas sketched out by Cave in his office to a monstrous epic performed by the peerless Bad Seeds on stage at Sydney Opera House. We also witness Cave open up to psychoanalyst Darian Leader as he discusses how his early years continue to inform his work, and later join him on a journey through his personal archive. This category-defying film possesses the same frankness and wry humour that run through all of Cave’s work, and pushes the form into new territory, exploring universal themes and celebrating the transformative power of the creative spirit.
First-time feature directors Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard were inspired by a line in Cave’s songwriting notebook, in which he calculated being alive for 20,000 days. Cave's story is both extraordinary and strikingly universal. It takes us deep into the heart of how myth, memory, love and loss, shape each and every one of our lives, every single day.
20,000 DAYS ON EARTH continues Picturehouse Entertainment’s partnership with Film4 following the successful releases of The Imposter, The Stone Roses: Made of Stone, A Field in England and The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology, with the recently announced Dark Horse and Thomas Quick set for 2015.
Featuring an original score by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, the film is produced out of Pulse Films by James Wilson (JW Films) and Dan Bowen, and backed by Film4, the BFI, Corniche Pictures, Pulse, PHI, and Goldin Films.
20,000 DAYS ON EARTH will have its UK Premiere as part of the Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House on August 13.
Barbican Host Venue Tickets
Barbican Members: 10am Thursday 10th July
General Sale: 10am Friday 11th July
Participating Cinemas via Satellite
General Sale from: Friday 11th July
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