20,000 Days on Earth is a new film about Nick Cave that takes a fictionalized documentary-style approach to exploring a day in the life of the Australian singer-songwriter. The film, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, was co-written by Cave and directed by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard. Forsyth and Cave were both recently interviewed by The New York Times about the film.
We decided to go in a direction that combined reality with fantasy as seamlessly as possible — which, if you think about it, isn’t too far from the transaction between a rock star and his fans. People want desperately to enter the world Nick creates in his songs. You can look around when the Bad Seeds are playing and see precisely which version of Nick — the junkie, the outlaw, the lover — each person in the crowd wants to be.