20000 Days On Earth


2014, UK
97 min., col., language — English

Directors Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard
Scriptwriters Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard, Nick Cave
DoP Erik Wilson
Production design Simon Rogers
Music Nick Cave, Warren Ellis
Editing Jonathan Amos
Appearances Kylie Minogue, Nick Cave, Blixa Bargeld, Susie Bick, Warren Ellis, Darian Leader, Ray Winstone, Arthur Cave, Earl Cave
Producers James Wilson, Dan Bowen, Thomas Benski
Production Pulse Films, Film4, BFI, Corniche Pictures
Sales HanWay Films
Distribution in RF Beat Film

20,000 Days on Earth weaves drama and reality in a fictionalised 24 hours in the life of internationally acclaimed musician, author and screenwriter Nick Cave. Cave’s story is both extraordinary and strikingly universal. It takes us deep into the heart of how myth, memory, love and loss, shape each and every one of our lives, every single day.

The film explores the creative process, encounters collaborators from Cave’s past and bears witness to startlingly frank insights from this icon of modern culture. It reveals what makes us who we are and what influences who we want to become — ultimately, it is a love letter to the transformative power of the human spirit.

  • Best directing and Best editing prize; Sundance-2014 (documentary competition) 
  • Douglas Hickox Award; British Independent Film Awards-2014 
  • Nomination for BAFTA in «Best documentary» category-2014 

Iain Forsyth was born in Manchester, UK, in 1973 and Jane Pollard in Newcastle, UK, in 1972. Having both studied at Goldsmiths College in London from 1992 to 1995, they have been working together ever since. Their live performance ‘A Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide’, which was based on David Bowie’s legendary Ziggy Stardust performance, pioneered the now canonical use of re-enactment in contemporary art, in which highly-charged cultural moments are recreated and put in an entirely new context