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20,000 Days on Earth
Directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard pay tribute to charismatic singer-songwriter Nick Cave with this film that melds documentary and fiction, imagining a highly stylised day in the life of Cave as he begins work on a new song that will develop, by the end of the 97 minutes, into a full-scale performance by Bad Seeds at Sydney Opera House. En route, Cave drives through his adopted hometown of Brighton and discusses his childhood and influences with psychoanalyst Darian Leader. Familiar faces from Cave's creative past including multi-instrumentalist Warren Ellis, singer Kylie Minogue and actor Ray Winstone also share their fond memories of the iconic figure. Amidst this mosaic of reminiscence and meditations, Forsyth and Pollard hope to discover what makes Cave tick and better understand his insatiable thirst for pushing musical boundaries and defying convention.