20,000 Days on Earth
World Documentary


2013, 95 minutes, color, United Kingdom

Editing Award: World Cinema Documentary and Directing Award: World Cinema Documentary

Nick Cave has long been one of the most fascinating and enigmatic figures in the music and film world. 20,000 Days on Earth enhances his mystique.

This innovative drama/documentary features Cave as both subject and coconspirator, intimately documenting his artistic process and combining it with a fictional staged narrative of his 20,000th day on Earth. As a result, the film also explores the creative spirit.

The film weaves two parallel narrative threads. The first is a cinematic portrait of Cave's 20,000th day, created through a series of staged, but not scripted, scenes and encounters. The second looks in depth at his creativity—from writing through recording and rehearsal to performance.

This unique blend of documentary essay and cinematic fiction demonstrates the connection between Cave and the filmmakers, visual artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard; all three are illuminating the search for truth through artifice and myth. Ultimately, 20,000 Days on Earth reaches beyond Cave to ask all of us how many days we've been alive and what use we've made of that time.

Directors: Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard

Producers: James Wilson, Dan Bowen

Executive Producers : Anna Higgs, Tabitha Jackson, Hani Farsi, Thomas Benski, Phoebe Greenberg, Paul Goldin, Lucas Ochoa, Penny Mancuso

Cinematographer: Erik Wilson

Editor: Jonathan Amos

Composers: Nick Cave, Warren Ellis

Principal Cast: Nick Cave

About the Directors

Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard have worked together as artists since the mid-1990s. They became known for their re-creations of highly charged cultural moments that pioneered the use of reenactment within contemporary art and have been collected by museums and institutions worldwide. Performance and music play significant roles in their work, leading to notable collaborations, including a sound installation with Scott Walker in Sydney, Australia, and their ongoing collaboration with the musician and author Nick Cave.


1/20/2014 6:15 pm
Egyptian Theatre, Park City
1/22/2014 11:30 am
Prospector Square Theatre, Park City
1/23/2014 9:30 pm
Redstone Cinema 1, Park City
1/24/2014 11:59 pm
Tower Theatre, SLC
1/25/2014 11:30 am
Holiday Village Cinema 1, Park City
1/26/2014 6:00 pm
Prospector Square Theatre, Park City