Film still from <em>20,000 Days on Earth</em>. Image courtesy of the British Council

Film still from 20,000 Days on Earth. Image courtesy of the British Council

British Council John Grierson Documentary Series - 20,000 Days on Earth

  • Sun 21 May 2017
  • 4—5:40PM
  • Len Lye Centre Cinema
  • Free entry thanks to the British Council
  • Free entry tickets will be re-allocated to waiting customers five minutes after screening start time
  • Hearing loop provided for the hearing impaired
  • Wheelchair spaces available. Free entry for a companion to assist an audience member who has a disability. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked
  • Rated: R

A fictitious 24-hour period in the life of Australian musician Nick Cave - model, songwriter, author, screenwriter, composer and actor - prior to and during the recording of his 2013 album Push the Sky Away

‘This day is both more real and less real, more true and less true, more interesting and less interesting than my actual day, depending on how you look at it’ – Nick Cave

Drama and reality combine in a fictitious 24 hours in the life of musician and international cultural icon Nick Cave. The film is an intimate portrait of the artistic process, celebrating the transformative power of the creative spirit.

Cave says, of first-time feature directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard: ‘I’ve always liked their unorthodox approach to things and on a personal level we have always gotten on very well. I invited them in to film some promotional footage for the new record. In the end, the footage was so compelling we decided to expand the idea’.

20,000 Days On Earth takes us deep into the heart of how myth, memory, love and loss, shape our lives, every single day. A line in Cave's songwriting notebook calculating how many days he'd been alive inspired the film's title. The film delves into Nick’s artistic processes, unpicking the stuff that makes him tick. Fusing drama and documentary to weave a cinematic day-in-the-life with unique verité observations of his full creative cycle.

UK, 2014, Colour, 97 min., Rated R

Dir. Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard

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Poster for <em>20,000 Days on Earth</em>. Image courtesy of the British Council

Poster for 20,000 Days on Earth. Image courtesy of the British Council

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