20,000 Days on Earth

20000 Days on Earth
Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard
United kingdom
Drama, Musical, Fiction
Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard
Nick Cave, Susie Bick, Warren Ellis
Pulse Films and JW Films, with support from Film4, BFI and Corniche Pictures.


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.

Cave says, of first-time feature directors Iain Forsyth & 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.

We meet those who have affected his life, including regular musical-collaborator Warren Ellis; actor and friend Ray Winstone; former Bad Seed Blixa Bargeld; and Kylie Minogue, with whom Cave duetted on Where The Wild Roses Grow.


Festivals & Academy awards and others

Sundance Film Festival 2014
Winner of World Cinema Documentary awards for for directing and editing.
San Sebastián International Film Festival 2014
Berlin International Film Festival 2014

BAFTA Awards 2015
Nomination: Documentary


Spain (7 of November 2014)