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Back in the mid 90s, it would have been difficult to imagine that the younger, more belligerent Nick Cave, still in the throes of a serious drug addiction, would allow such a film as this to have been made. Yes, there was the verite style, 1990 documentary, The Road to God Knows Where, but Cave himself remained relatively aloof throughout that. Since the late 1990s though, Cave has seemingly been trying to harness his own hubristic and eccentric tendencies, seemingly culminating in this film, 20,000 Days on Earth.

Co-written by Cave with the artists and filmmakers, Iain Forsyth and (the North East’s very own) Jane Pollard, the film follows Cave around his adopted hometown of Brighton on what is purportedly his 20,000th Day on Earth. He visits his analyst; he eats pizza with his kids; has lunch with friend and collaborator, Warren Ellis; drives around in his Jaguar with Kylie Minogue and Ray Winstone; and, bizarrely, visits The Museum of Important Shit, an archive devoted solely to artefacts from Cave’s own life; all the while ruminating on existence, love, creativity, madness, mortality and death. Cave’s intentional superciliousness is all part and parcel of a film that is at times hilarious and, at others, heartbreakingly sad, but it’s well worth a watch for Cave fans and sceptics alike.

20,000 Days on Earth is showing at The Cluny, Newcastle, on Sunday 25th January.

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