20,000 Days on Earth

Synopsis: Drama and reality combine in a fictitious 24 hours in the life of musician and international cultural icon Nick Cave. With startlingly frank insights and an intimate portrayal of the artistic process, the film examines what makes us who we are, and celebrates the transformative power of the creative spirit.
Production: Drafthouse Films
  Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 8 wins & 15 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.5
Metacritic:
83
Rotten Tomatoes:
95%
NOT RATED
Year:
2014
97 min
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(BABY CRIES)

(BABY CRIES)

(CACOPHONY OF SOUNDS)

(SILENCE)

(CLOCK TICKING)

(SEAGULLS CRYING OUTSIDE)

(CLOCK TICKING)

(ALARM RINGS)

(RINGING STOPS)

NICK:
At the end of the 20th century,

I ceased to be a human being.

That's not necessarily a bad thing.

It's just a thing.

I awake, I write, I eat.

I write, I watch TV.

This is my 20,000th day on earth.

(WATER DRIPPING)

Mostly I feel like a cannibal,

you know, a cartoon one -

with the big lips and the funny hair

and the bone through its nose,

always looking

for someone to cook in a pot.

You can ask my wife, Susie,

she'll tell you...

...because she's usually

the one that's getting cooked,

cos there is an understanding

between us...

...a pact...

...where every secret, sacred moment

that exists between a husband and a wife

is cannibalised

and ground up and spat out

the other side in the form of a song,

inflated and distorted...

...and monstrous.

(TYPEWRITER TAPPING)

NICK:
Mostly I write,

tapping and scratching away,

day and night sometimes.

But if I ever stop for long enough

to question what I'm actually doing,

the why of it,

well, I couldn't really tell you.

I don't know.

It's a world I'm creating...

...a world full of monsters and heroes,

good guys and bad guys.

It's an absurd, crazy, violent world...

where people rage away

and God actually exists.

And the more I write, the more detailed

and elaborate the world becomes

and all the characters that live and die

or just fade away,

they're just crooked versions of myself.

Anyway, for me, it all begins in here

in the most tiniest of ways.

(PIANO AND SYNTHESISER PLAYING)

(PIANO AND SYNTHESISER PLAYING)

NICK:
Can you do a beat for that?

- Huh?

- NICK:
Can you do a beat for...

(PLAYS PIANO)

WARREN:
Yeah.

(PLAYS SYNTHESISER)

(PHONE RINGS)

WOMAN:
Hi, Nick. Just to remind you,

your meeting with Darian's

at midday today.

Also, don't forget you need to drop in at

the archive at some point this afternoon.

They need to check a few things with you.

I'll text Darian's address, but if you

need anything else, let me know.

(CLICK AND BEEP)

F*ck.

NICK:

And when I come out of that world,

I always feel startled

by the so-called real world...

(DOOR SHUTS)

- (SEAGULLS CRY)

- ...and I eat and I watch TV

and I play with the kids

and I torment my wife

and I gather up experiences

and then head back on in.

(ENGINE STARTS)

(# KYLIE MINOGUE:

Can't Get You Outta My Head)

(MUSIC STOPS)

(PHONE RINGS)

(BEEP AND CLICK)

NICK:

What were we doing on that yesterday?

WARREN:
Yeah, you had a...

you...you played a thing on it.

You sang it and it sounded really good.

NICK:

Yeah, we had something, didn't we?

- WARREN:
Yeah.

- NICK:
To go with. Hey, that's cool.

NICK:
I wonder what it was.

I do this all the time these days.

- WARREN:
Ah...

- NICK:
Cool.

(CLICK AND BEEP)

NICK:
Places choose you.

They can take hold of you

whether you wish them to or not.

I used to come down to Brighton years ago,

and what I remember most is that it was

always cold and it was always raining...

...with a glacial wind

that would blow through the streets

and freeze you to your bones.

But you gotta drop anchor somewhere

and somehow here I am.

Brighton, with all its weather,

has become my home

and, whatever hold this town has on me,

well, it's been forcing its way

violently into my songs.

(SEAGULLS SQUAWK)

(CLOCK TICKING)

(SEAGULLS CRY OUTSIDE)

NICK:
Do you wanna know

how to write a song?

Songwriting is about counterpoint.

Counterpoint is the key.

Putting two disparate

images beside each other

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Nick Cave

Nicholas Edward Cave (born 22 September 1957) is an Australian musician, singer-songwriter, author, screenwriter, composer and occasional film actor, best known as the frontman of the rock band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Cave's music is generally characterised by emotional intensity, a wide variety of influences, and lyrical obsessions with death, religion, love and violence.Born and raised in rural Victoria, Cave studied art before turning to music in the 1970s. As frontman of the Boys Next Door (later renamed the Birthday Party), he became a central figure in Melbourne's burgeoning post-punk scene. The band relocated to London in 1980, but, disillusioned by life there, evolved towards a darker, more challenging sound, and acquired a reputation as "the most violent live band in the world". The Birthday Party is regarded as a major influence on gothic rock, and Cave, with his shock of black hair, baritone singing voice and pale, emaciated look, was described in the media as a poster boy for the genre. After the break-up of the Birthday Party in 1983, Cave formed Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Much of the band's early material was set in a mythic American Deep South, drawing on spirituals and Delta blues, while Cave's preoccupation with Old Testament notions of good versus evil culminated in what has been called his signature song, "The Mercy Seat" (1988). The 1996 album Murder Ballads features "Where the Wild Roses Grow", a duet with Kylie Minogue, Cave's most commercially successful single to date. The band has released 16 studio albums, the most recent being 2016's Skeleton Tree. Cave formed the garage rock group Grinderman in 2006, which has since released two albums. Cave co-wrote, scored and starred in the 1988 Australian prison film Ghosts... of the Civil Dead (1988), directed by John Hillcoat. He also wrote the screenplay for Hillcoat's bushranger film The Proposition (2005), and composed the soundtrack with frequent collaborator Warren Ellis. The pair's film score credits include The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007), The Road (2009), Lawless (2012), and Hell or High Water (2016). Cave is the subject of several films, including the semi-fictional "day in the life" 20,000 Days on Earth (2014), and the documentary One More Time with Feeling (2016). Cave has also released two novels: And the Ass Saw the Angel (1989) and The Death of Bunny Munro (2009). Cave's songs have been covered by a wide range of artists, including Johnny Cash, Metallica and Arctic Monkeys. He was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2007. more…

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