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20,000 Days on Earth (2014)

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Writer and musician Nick Cave marks his 20,000th day on the planet Earth.
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 8 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Nick Cave ... Himself
Susie Bick Susie Bick ... Herself (as Susie Cave)
Darian Leader Darian Leader ... Himself
Warren Ellis ... Himself
Ray Winstone ... Himself
Blixa Bargeld ... Himself
Kylie Minogue ... Herself
Arthur Cave Arthur Cave ... Himself
Earl Cave ... Himself
Thomas Wydler Thomas Wydler ... Himself
Martyn Casey Martyn Casey ... Himself
Conway Savage ... Himself
Jim Sclavunos Jim Sclavunos ... Himself
Barry Adamson Barry Adamson ... Himself
George Vjestica George Vjestica ... Himself
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Drama and reality combine in a fictitious 24 hours in the life of musician and international cultural icon Nick Cave. With startlingly frank insights and an intimate portrayal of the artistic process, the film examines what makes us who we are, and celebrates the transformative power of the creative spirit. Written by Pulse Films

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UK

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English

Release Date:

18 November 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

20 000 dni na Ziemi See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$27,879, 19 September 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$277,770, 2 January 2015
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Nick Cave: My biggest fear is losing memory because memory is what we are. Your very soul and your very reason to be alive is tied up in memory.
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The credits are shown over a twilight scene of Brighton, shot from the sea. See more »

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Features Bewitched (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Jubilee Street
Written by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
Performed by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Published by Mute Song Ltd
Licensed courtesy of Bad Seed Ltd
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Interesting and engaging, but needed a little more focus and guidance.
29 November 2014 | by Sergeant_TibbsSee all my reviews

I really like Nick Cave. He has cameos in two of my all-time favourite films, The Assassination of Jesse James and Wings of Desire. His score for the former is my all-time favourite too, a collaboration with Warren Ellis of whom he's seen hanging out together here. This documentary, 20,000 Days On Earth, is perhaps coming a little too late or early to paint the most fascinating portrait of the rock artist, though it would have been a less catchy title. His last album is good, not great, perhaps played a little too safe. Nevertheless, his creative process is still interesting to watch as we're allowed access into the recording studio. But this isn't a straightforward documentary. It has bits of verite, fiction and interviews.

It's a shame the fiction isn't as well handled and it comes off as contrived and stilted, including when the mystical celebrity cameos keep Cave company in car journeys. It's the way the film is shot too which uses the type of photography that's fit for HD TV rather than cinema though it has its moments. However, it makes up for all that for being very insightful. The interviews are no holds barred with penetratingly honest questions. Cave explains that his biggest fear is losing his memory, and I wish the film took that as its primary thesis, looking into Cave's memory instead of an irreverent day in the life. It does have its trips into nostalgia and excels in those moments. 20,000 Days On Earth is still a very good doc thanks to its subject matter, but it needed more focus and guidance.

7/10


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