Directors: Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard
Pulse Films Ltd/Madman
The DVD of 20,000 Days on Earth arrives in New Zealand with perfect timing – on the back of a sold-out series of shows by Nick Cave (see here for my review of Wellington’s first night).
I’ve already reviewed the film (when it was in cinemas) and I spoke with the film’s directors, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard. Watching the movie again reminded me of what a clever construct this is – a playful meditation on the ideal of Cave as working Renaissance Man.
It’s always weird when you hear about people being somewhat baffled by humour in Cave’s songs or performances; as if he’s this serious – angry – man that must seem like he just might murder, since, well, he sings about it…
He sings about love more often than death. And clearly he is capable of love – of offering it to his fans in the songs and performances, and to his family – kept as something of a mystery in this film, but acknowledged as a crucial part of his process and of course his life outside of his art.
Some people complained about this film – that it wasn’t true. In fact it plays as great reminder of the wonderful (and sometimes hidden – sometimes obvious) truths that, erm lie in fiction. This film told me – and tells me again, via DVD – a lot of what I want to know about Nick Cave; allows me to draw my own conclusion as to what was so clearly staged and what was based on truth – or in fact a plain truth.
The extra features here include more performances and a generous unpacking of the film and its making. It might help for those that wanted to like it but were put off by having to wonder as to how much was true.
Thanks to Madman I have THREE copies of 20,000 Days on Earth to giveaway to lucky Off The Tracks readers. Just leave a comment below – tell me about your favourite Nick Cave album. I’ll pick three winners at random and notify via the comments section.