A format-bending, mind-warping documentary is only fitting when the subject is artist/writer/Australian rock god Nick Cave. When directors Jane Pollard and Iain Forsyth set out to make the project, they knew they wouldn’t be filming a typical fly-on-the-wall documentary — the result is a film that straddles the line between fiction and reality, with a format that acts as its own commentary on the creative process.
“20,000 Days on Earth” follows two timelines: The evolution of Cave’s 2013 record “Push the Sky Away” and the 24 hours that make up his 20,000th alive. The dialogue is improvised and the characters, from his bandmates to his therapist, are played by themselves. But while the interactions are genuine many of them take place on constructed sets under scripted pretenses. The blend of fact and fantasy is sure to make for a captivating look into the lives of one of the great creative minds of our age.
Drafthouse Film’s “20,000 Days on Earth” will be released in theaters on September 17th 2014. Check out the clip below for an inside look into the film.