20,000 Days on Earth

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20,000 Days on Earth
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Iain Forsyth
Jane Pollard
Produced by Dan Bowen
Alex Dunnett
James Wilson
Written by Iain Forsyth
Jane Pollard
Nick Cave
Music by Warren Ellis
Cinematography Erik Wilson
Edited by Jonathan Amos
Production
company
Corniche Pictures
BFI
Film4
Pulse Films
Distributed by Drafthouse Films
Release dates
  • January 20, 2014 (2014-01-20) (Sundance Film Festival)
  • September 17, 2014 (2014-09-17) (United States)
Running time
95 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office $2,095,156[1]

20,000 Days on Earth is a 2014 British documentary film co-written and directed by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard.[2][3] Nick Cave also co-wrote the script with Forsyth and Pollard. The film premiered in-competition in the World Cinema Documentary Competition at 2014 Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2014.[4][5] It won two Awards at the festival.[6][7]

After its premiere at Sundance Film Festival, Drafthouse Films acquired distribution rights of the film.[8][9] The film released on September 17, 2014 in United States.[10]

Synopsis[edit]

The film depicts a fictitious 24 hour period in the life of Australian musician, songwriter, author, screenwriter, composer and actor Nick Cave,[11] prior and during the recording of his 2013 album Push the Sky Away.

Releases[edit]

The film also premiered at 64th Berlin International Film Festival in Panorama Dokumente section, in February 2014[12][13][14] and at the 2014 True/False Film Festival.[15] It also served as the opening night film at 2014 Sydney Film Festival on June 4, 2014.[16][17]

It released on September 19, 2014 in United Kingdom.[18]

Reception[edit]

20,000 Days on Earth received general acclaim upon its premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 97% of 38 film critics have given the film a positive review, with a rating average of 7.4 out of 10.[19] On Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 reviews from film critics, the film holds an average score of '84', based on 15 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[20]

Cory Everett of Indiewire praised the film and said that "While the doc should prove essential for Nick Cave fans, it should be inspiring for those interested in the creative process or anyone searching for their muse."[21]

John Semley of Slant Magazine gave the film two and a half stars out of four and said that "While the film is seemingly accessible as a portrait of an artist who seems particularly attuned to his own creative process, and particularly adept at describing this attunement, it's unlikely that many who aren't already whole-hog Bad Seeds fans would be able to stomach much of Cave's self-styled pomposity."[22]

Rob Nelson, in his review for Variety, praised the film by saying that "This innovative study of Nick Cave playfully disguises itself as fiction while more than fulfilling the requirements of a biographical documentary."[23]

David Rooney in his review for The Hollywood Reporter said that "What makes 20,000 Days on Earth distinctive is that it provides an overview of the man and his art while creating the illusion that this has come together organically -- out of poetic ruminations, casual encounters, ghost-like visitations and good old Freudian psychoanalysis."[24]

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2014 Sundance Film Festival World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard Nominated
Directing Award: World Cinema Documentary Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard Won[6][7]
Editing Award: World Cinema Documentary Jonathan Amos Won[6][7]
Sydney Film Festival Best Film Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard Nominated
International Istanbul Film Festival International Competition: FIPRESCI Prize Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard Won[25]
Festival de Cinéma de la Ville de Québec International Competition: Grand Prix competition - official feature Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard Won[26]
Athens International Film Festival Music & Films Competition: Golden Athena Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard Won[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=20000daysonearth.htm
  2. ^ "How Nick Cave Lost His V-Card, and More From the Rocker's Sundance Doc". Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Drafthouse Films Will Release Nick Cave Doc '20,000 Days on Earth'". Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Sundance 2014: World Cinema Documentary Competition". Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Sundance 2014: '20,000 Days On Earth' for Nick Cave as man & myth". Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c "Sundance: ‘Whiplash’ & ‘Rich Hill’ Win Grand Jury Awards; Dramatic Directing Goes To Cutter Hodierne For ‘Fishing Without Nets’". Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c "'Whiplash' Owns the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Awards Netting Two Top Prizes". Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "Berlin: Drafthouse Picks Up Nick Cave's '20,000 Days on Earth' for North America". Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "Berlin: Nick Cave’s ’20,000 Days on Earth’ Gets U.S. Distribution". Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "'20,000 Days On Earth' Gets a Pleasantly Chaotic Poster Featuring Nick Cave". Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
  11. ^ "Movie review". Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  12. ^ "Berlinale Lines Up 10 World Premieres for Panorama Dokumente Section". Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  13. ^ "20,000 Days on Earth - Berlin Film Festival 2014". Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  14. ^ "British film beefs up Berlin Film Festival". Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  15. ^ "True/False movie review: ‘20,000 Days on Earth’". Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  16. ^ "Sydney Film Festival 2014 Announces Opening Night Film". Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  17. ^ "20,000 Days on Earth offers chance to get close to Nick Cave". Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  18. ^ "Nick Cave to perform live at Barbican screening of '20,000 Days On Earth' documentary". Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
  19. ^ "20,000 Days on Earth (2014)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  20. ^ "20,000 Days on Earth (2014): Reviews". Metacritic. CNET Networks. Retrieved 2014-05-29. 
  21. ^ "Sundance Review: Nick Cave Docudrama '20,000 Days On Earth'". Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  22. ^ "‘20,000 Days on Earth’ - Film Review". Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  23. ^ "Sundance Film Review: ‘20,000 Days on Earth’". Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  24. ^ "20,000 Days on Earth: Sundance Review". Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  25. ^ "33rd Istanbul International Film Festival, 2014". Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  26. ^ "FCVQ Awards". Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  27. ^ "Protothema News". Retrieved 7 October 2014. 

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