Set during a fictitious 24-hour period before and during the recording of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ 2013 album Push The Sky Away, the pseudo-documentary 20,000 Days On Earth is a difficult film to classify. It has a script, co-written by Cave and directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, but it does approach the Werner Herzog ideal of emotional truth in its depiction of Cave’s creative process and performing life. It’s part concert film, part therapy session, and part documentary portrait of a deliberately difficult to pin down artist. And yet it’s a mesmerizing supplement to the album, providing biographical detail inside a fictional narrative arc that makes it look like all of that information is tumbling out organically. This is not your standard concert film, because it’s about a unique musician.
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