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20,000 Days on Earth

Jane Pollard, Iain Forsyth
Great Britain 2014 / 95’

20,000 – that’s how many days on Earth Nick Cave spent when he began recording his latest record, Push The Sky Away. Viewers get to spend one day with him, from when he awakes through a night walk on the beach. The atmospheric and poetic documentary from a duo of British visual artists adroitly blends concrete facts with rock myth and private life with stage persona of the legendary musician. The "24 hours" formula includes scenes written by the directors with lines improvised by Cave. The musician meets his psychoanalyst, hired to solve the white spots of childhood. A wild youth is literally pulled out of the box by an archivist researching the story of the Birthday Party, Cave’s former band. At night, Kylie Minogue and Blixa Bargeld materialize in his car like banshees, whose conversation seems to seep into hallucination rather than interview. This stylized oneiric film seems to be created by Cave, because, as he says during the film, “as opposed to an actor, a rock star never takes his mask off.”

Ewa Szabłowska


Sundance FF 2014 - Best Director, Best Editor; Istanbul IFF 2014 - FIPRESCI Prize

Jane Pollard & Iain Forsyth

Iain Forsyth was born in Manchester, UK, in 1973 and Jane Pollard in Newcastle, UK,  in 1972. Having both studied at Goldsmiths College in London from 1992 to 1995, they  have been working together ever since. Their live performance A Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide, which was based on David Bowie’s legendary Ziggy Stardust performance, pioneered the now canonical use of re-enactment in contemporary art, in which highly charged cultural moments are recreated and put in an entirely new context.

Selected filmography

2005 Walking After Acconci: Redirected Approaches (short)

2008 Run for Me (doc.)

2009 Radio Mania: An Abandoned Work (short)

2013 Jumpers: What Must I Do to Be Saved (short)

2014 20 000 dni na Ziemi / 20.000 Days on Earth

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Cast & Crew

director Jane Pollard, Iain Forsyth
screenplay Jane Pollard, Iain Forsyth, Nick Cave
cinematography Erik Wilson
editing Jonathan Amos
music Nick Cave
cast Nick Cave, Blixa Bargeld, Susie Bick, Arthur Cave, Earl Cave, Warren Ellis, Kylie Minogue
producer James Wilson, Dan Bowen
production Pulse Film
Polish distributor Gutek Film
language English
colouration colour