20,000 Days on Earth

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20,000 Days on Earth


Saturday Dec 20 07:30 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $8.00
General Admission: $10.00


About the Film:

Directed by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard. UK/USA. 2014. 97 mins

Honolulu’s DJ Nocturna hosts a screening of this acclaimed docudrama exploring a fictitious 24 hours in the life of writer, musician, and style icon Nick Cave.

20,000 Days On Earth is an inventive, lyrical ode to creativity and an intimate examination of Cave’s artistic process. In their debut feature, directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard fuse drama and documentary, weaving a staged day in Cave’s life with never-before-seen verité observation of his creative cycle. It features those who have affected his life, including wry tales from the road shared with his regular collaborator, the multi-instrumentalist Warren Ellis; actor and friend Ray Winstone; and Kylie Minogue, who shared a duet with Cave in the breakout 1996 hit 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. 

Neither a music documentary nor a concert film, 20,000 Days On Earth still contains electrifying performances. Audiences see a song grow from the tiniest of ideas to an epic performance at Sydney Opera House. Cave also opens up to a psychoanalyst as he discusses how his early years continue to inform his work, and journeys through his memories via mementos from his personal archive. This category-defying film pushes the form into new territory, exploring universal themes about artistry, and celebrating the transformative power of the creative spirit.

Winner: Sundance Film Festival, Best Directing and Best Editing.

See the trailer.

Read the Time Out London review.

Read the New York Times Magazine profile of Nick Cave.

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