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1,327 Ratings

20,000 Days on Earth

Directed by Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard
United Kingdom, 2014
Documentary, Music


A fictitious 24-hour period in the life of one of music’s most mysterious and charismatic figures, the iconic musician and writer Nick Cave. The film presents Cave’s personal analysis of his own life and creative processes, prior to and during the recording of his 2013 album Push the Sky Away.

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20,000 Days on Earth Directed by Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard

Awards & Festivals

Sundance Film Festival

2014 | 2 wins including: World Cinema - Documentary (Directing Award)

Independent Spirit Awards

2015 | Nominee: Best Documentary



There’s a bracing, uproarious rule-breaking quality to every decision [Forsyth and Pollard] make, including how they use Cave’s persona, his words and every image created to accompany his particular brand of philosophical ranting. The resulting film is a pop-art near-masterpiece as risk-taking, anthemic, ironic and emotionally involving as Cave himself at his very best.
January 09, 2015
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Intelligently conceived and exquisitely crafted, it’s also still on some level a promotional tool, and a product of Cave the sometime diary-keeper’s dedicated self-regard. Whether that hint of narcissism or the commercial element involved takes some shine off the film’s artistic achievement is one for debate, but Cave’s writing credit suggests this is how he wants to present himself, and judging by the fierce-willed individual on display here, he’s not one to be argued with.
September 19, 2014
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Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s innovative, powerful and insightful Nick Cave bio 20,000 Days on Earth took us into a towering inner world of visionary invention. The Australian musician’s wry wit kept the film from ever over-aggrandising its subject, while the most powerful sequences showed him in conversation with a bona-fide Freudian analyst about his early memories and self-transformation through stage performance.
February 14, 2014
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