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Directors: Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard; Screenwriters: Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard and Nick Cave; Starring: Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Ray Winstone, Kylie Minogue Running time: 97 mins; Certificate: 15
Nick Cave isn't one to do things like everyone else, so it's no surprise that 20,000 Days on Earth isn't your bog standard rock doc. There's a lot of talking, a lot of music and a smattering of archive in this collaboration with Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, but it's pieced together in a fittingly arch, self-conscious style that fits Cave like a dark black glove.
The film is ostensibly a day in the life of Nick Cave - his 20,000th day. (It's not.) In lieu of the usual talking heads, Cave instead wakes up in bed with his wife, before trudging out to see "his psychiatrist" (real-life psychoanalyst Darian Leader), have a catch-up lunch and chat with Bad Seed Warren Ellis, and »
"I wake, I write, I eat, I write, I watch TV..." so says rock icon Nick Cave in his opening narration voiceover. And in doing so lays out the template of this exceptional documentary. Of course, if you know the artist Cave, you will know that his life isn't quite that simple. And while the film plays like a day in the life of Nick, from the opening scene of him waking up in bed next to his wife Susie to final crescendo of an evening performance of an absolutely riveting live version of "Higgs Boson Blues" from his last album, it is everything in between that really explores and exposes the artist as a work in progress.
A fictional twenty-four hours in the life of cult Australian singer, songwriters and occasional composer Nick Cave are loosely chronicled in this fascinating insight into the life of the 57-year-old legend. He meditates on his own songwriting process and transforms his music from an unformed sketch to a dynamic live show using tunes that would eventually become the album Push The Sky Away. A fascinating glimpse into the life of a legend with a poignant nod to his longtime friend and collaborator Warren Ellis. »
The track features in upcoming film 20,000 Days on Earth.
It is released as a digital single today (September 4), backed with 'Jubilee Street' (Live from The Sydney Opera House). A limited edition 10" vinyl follows on November 10.
"We'd planned to end with 'Push The Sky Away' and its pertinent lyrics about rock 'n' roll getting you right down to your soul; but after the band played 'Jubilee Street' at Sydney Opera House, we didn't stand a chance.
"Only four songs in and there was Nick, transforming in front of us. Our lives haven't been the same since."
Their last album »
In the latest edition of Comics to Read Before You Die, Jessie Robertson looks at Planetary #1-6…
Planetary #1-6 & Planetary Preview (Sept 1998- March 1999)
Writer- Warren Ellis
Artist- John Cassady
Colorist- Laura Depuy w/ David Baron and Wildstorm FX
Letterers- Ali Fuchs & Bill O’Neil
Cover, Logo & Book Design- Ed Roeder
Editor- John Layman
When I first read this book, it moved too fast for me. I read it and then re-read it to make sure I was absorbing all that I had seen in the pages. For six issues, there is a lot of material to be had. The design of Planetary is that each issue borrows a classic tale or trope to spin out from, using pieces of folklore, sci-fi, fantasy and golden age comic tales illustrating them in new, unimagined colors.
The stars of the book are Elijah Snow; a man all in white emanating cold from him everywhere he goes, »
- Jessie Robertson
The full lineup for this year's BFI London Film Festival was announced this morning (September 3), and as ever comprised an impressive cross-section of the biggest hits from Sundance, Cannes and Venice, spread across the festival's main competition entries and themed strands.
Digital Spy runs down 14 of the movies you need to catch if you're in the Big Smoke for this year's festival.
Following strong reviews at its Telluride world premiere last weekend, this intelligently crafted biopic of pioneering codebreaker Alan Turing is one of the year's first surefire Oscar frontrunners, with Benedict Cumberbatch's lead performance singled out for particular praise.
Cumberbatch stars as the brilliant but socially awkward Turing, whose groundbreaking work in computer science and cryptanalysis proved crucial during World War II, before his homosexuality led to his prosecution and apparent suicide in the 1950s. Keira Knightley, Mark Strong and Matthew Goode co-star, with Morten Tyldum (Headhunters) directing. »
Taking the conventions of Western films to different countries, planets, time periods or political situations is hardly new, but when it's done well, it never gets old. The French-language “Far From Men,” aka “Loin des Hommes,” from writer/director David Oelhoffen, which transposes classic Western archetypes to the Algerian Civil War, is a terrific reminder of just that. It does not reinvent the wheel, nor is it a po-mo deconstruction of the Western myth or a pastiche. It is simply a great, traditional Western: the language and cultural details may be different, but the sparse elegance and moral conundrums are familiar and as resonant as ever. Based on Albert Camus’ short story “The Guest” and boasting a fitting yet never clichéd soundtrack by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis and a pair of flawless lead performances from Viggo Mortensen and Reda Kateb, “Far From Men” is a quietly grand, beautiful film. »
- Jessica Kiang
Batman/Planetary: Night on Earth
Written by Warren Ellis
Artwork by John Cassaday
Published by DC/Wildstorm Comics
In the pantheon of unarguably great comics, Warren Ellis’ Planetary holds a permanent seat, being both devilishly clever in its premise and magnificent in its execution. For some 27 issues Ellis, along with artist John Cassaday (with occasional help) opened the chest cavity of 20th century genre fiction, performing the most reverent, respectful and gleeful autopsy known in either fiction or reality. Pulp adventure crimebusters, comic book superheroes, kung-fu cinema, Kaiju Eiga, and more came under Ellis’ knife, both tied together in one beautiful circulatory system and carefully extracted and brought gleaming like new into the light of day. There was also one issue with Batman in it, and it kicked a lot of arse.
The crossover took place in Batman/Planetary: Night on Earth, a one-shot released in August of 2003, which saw »
- Thomas O'Connor
which stars Viggo Mortensen as a colonial schoolteacher tasked with transporting an Arab farmer accused of killing his cousin to trial. While the film isn’t as tense as “3:10 to Yuma,” nor energetic enough to overcome its niche status, writer-director David Oelhoffen’s idea of approaching this potent two-hander as an Algeria-set horse opera proves as inspired as it is unexpected. By treating the story’s epic High Plateau vistas the way John Ford did Monument Valley, Oelhoffen amplifies the moral concerns facing characters living just beyond the reach of civilization and law.
Whereas some actors have yet to master their native tongue, in this touchingly humane performance, Mortensen convincingly adds French to the already impressive list of languages he can speak onscreen — a list that includes English, Elvish (“The Lord of the Rings”), Danish (“Jauja”), Spanish (“Alatriste”) and Lakota (“Hidalgo”), for those keeping track. Coming from anyone else, »
- Peter Debruge
Viggo Mortensen adds Arabic and French to the languages he’s spoken on screen in Far From Men (Loin des hommes), French director David Oelhoffen’s ambitious but uneven attempt to turn the Albert Camus short story The Guest, set in 1954 Algeria, into a Western. The film offers splendid widescreen vistas of the Atlas Mountains and an impressive, quite minimalistic score from Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. But the original’s existentialist undertow is mostly lost in shallow characterizations and scenes that perfunctorily tip their hat to genre tropes rather than illuminating the characters of either Mortensen’s schoolteacher or his charge, a local
- Boyd van Hoeij
There is no shortage of serious movies hitting the festival circuit this fall, but only one of them boasts the distinction of being based on the short story "L'Hôte" by Albert Camus. That's right, the philosopher's work is behind the latest from writer/director David Oelhoeffen, and with "Far From Men" hitting both Venice and Tiff in the next couple of weeks, two new clips are here to go with the trailer that landed a week ago. Viggo Mortensen and Reda Kateb lead this drama, which follows a small town teacher and a dissident who are forced to go on the run together in the midst of the Algerian War. The film is in French and Arabic, and while these clips don't have subtitles, they give a pretty good taste of the atmosphere of the movie. Keep your ears open too, because that score is by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
All it took was two years for Ales Kot to become omnipresent. The 27-year-old occult-loving, Czech-born writer has experienced a swift rise to prominence since his first published comic in 2012, making a mark at every major company. After short stints at DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, and Valiant, Kot has taken the spotlight with a handful of major projects at Image and Marvel, all of which feature his memorably strange, reference-heavy mix of sci-fi and action. Although he swims in similar thematic waters as fellow comic-book mind-expanders like Grant Morrison, Warren Ellis, and Jonathan Hickman, his style has become increasingly unique as his career matures.And right now, Kot is launching his highest-profile projects yet. He's developing a TV adaptation of his hit sci-fi/espionage epic Zero, and he's been tasked with writing the comics adventures of one of Marvel's hottest cinematic properties in Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier. The »
- Abraham Riesman
Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy is officially a hit, and has been hailed as one of the company's best films by many a critic. Before its release, the film was considered Marvel's biggest risk, based on an obscure team of cosmic heroes little known among comic fans, let alone the general public.
In celebration of Guardians' success, here are some other lesser known superhero teams we would love to see on the big screen...
1. Doom Patrol
Introduced just three months before Marvel's own misfits, the X-Men, DC's team of superhero oddities are a different breed from that team of merry mutants. While X-Men frequently explored the themes of minorities and social acceptance, Doom Patrol has made a habit of embracing its strangeness.
With core members including Robotman - the brain of a critically injured racecar driver implanted in an artificial body - and Negative Man - possessed by »
Nick Cave is a killer rock songwriter, and he and creative partner Warren Ellis have crafted a significant identity as a film scoring duo. Their music for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is among the great western film scores, and they’ve done excellent music for films such as The Proposition and Lawless. […]
The post Nick Cave Really Wants to Score a Horror Film appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
Set to have its North American premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, the first trailer for David Oelhoffen's Algerian War drama Far from Men has premiered. The pic stars Viggo Mortensen and Reda Kateb and also features a score from Nick Cave and Warren Ellis (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford), which may actually be reason enough for many people to check it out. Here's the official synopsis: Algeria, 1954. While the rebellion rumbles in the valley, two very different men thrown together by a world in turmoil are forced to flee across the Atlas mountains. In the midst of an icy winter, Daru, a reclusive teacher, has to escort Mohamed, a villager accused of murder. Pursued by horsemen seeking summary justice and vengeful settlers, the two men decide to confront the unknown. Together, they fight to gain their freedom. Along with the trailer I also »
- Brad Brevet
Written by Warren Ellis
Art by Jason Howard
Published by Image Comics
Finally, the plot has gotten a bit of a nudge in this issue. It’s still not going anywhere quickly, and there are only hints of action yet to come that are foreshadowed here. Finding reasons to keep reading this series is difficult, meaning that this comic is really leaning heavily on its conclusion to give the whole thing any worth. The publicity for this issue says that “A storm is coming.” If so, it’s certainly taking its sweet time.
In Svalbard, Marsh has figured out what those mysterious black roses are. They’re not plants, as it turns out, but some sort of mechanical construct that obstructs radio waves. The Marsh argues with the station chief, who doesn’t want to keep them and demands that he take his vacation. He refuses stating he’s »
- Zeb Larson
Nick Cave is a musician, author, screenwriter and film composer, but he's also Nick Cave. Legend and fact often overlap with respect to the details of his life and work, and that's just the way he likes it. This is why the upcoming docudrama "20,000 Days On Earth" is a suitable project for the australian auteur. Directed by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, and featuring Ray Winstone, Kylie Minogue, Blixa Bargeld and Warren Ellis, the movie follows an often fictionalized Cave over the course of 24 hours, examining his creative process and persona. Here's the official synopsis: 20,000 Days On Earth is an inventive, lyrical ode to creativity and an intimate examination of the artistic process of musician and cultural icon Nick Cave. 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. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
(Cbr) - Reading and watching some of the countless tributes to Robin Williams, who passed away far too soon on Monday, I was reminded that, in addition to being a father, a husband, a comedian, an actor and a philanthropist, he was also a comics fan. "I used to get excited emails from comics stores all over America when Robin Williams would drop in to buy 'Transmetropolitan' issues," Warren Ellis recalled Monday on Twitter. A semi-regular customer at Golden Apple Comics in Los Angeles, Williams discussed his love of comics in a video interview we spotlighted in 2010 on Robot 6. In the clip, he fondly relates his latest reads: Brian Wood and Riccardo Burchielli's "Dmz," and Taiyo Matsumoto's "Tekkonkinkreet." Watch the brief interview below. »
- Kevin Melrose, Comic Book Resources
20,000 Days on Earth directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard on Nick Cave with Blixa Bargeld, Kylie Minogue, Warren Ellis and Ray Winstone: "They were all people we thought would draw out a different side of Nick." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
20,000 Days On Earth loosely intertwines Nick Cave with music collaborators Kylie Minogue, Warren Ellis and Blixa Bargeld, submerging us into his unholy earthiness. Ray Winstone, Captain Stanley in John Hillcoat's The Proposition, written by Cave with an Ellis/Cave score, joins the cast of witnesses.
Speaking with Jane Pollard and Iain Forsyth in New York, we discussed the importance of Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita, Nicolas Roeg's The Man Who Fell To Earth, Michel Gondry-like eels, the genesis of the project in an open Cave notebook and the fateful day of recording Push The Sky Away.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
BACARDÍ has launched a brand new graphic novel – The Spirit of BACARDÍ – to tell the stories behind the Bacardí family and the Company’s origins in Cuba.
WhatCulture has been given exclusive release access to page 5 of the novel, showing businessman Emilio Bacardí being released from a Spanish prison, after being held on suspicion of helping the rebels revolt against the Spanish Empire.
If you want to see what happens next, check out the next page.
The full graphic novel is available directly from BACARDÍ here.
BACARDÍ has also put together a great little clip, showing some insight into the production and thought behind the novel.
- Peter Willis
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