20,000 Days on Earth

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20,000 Days on Earth
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byIain Forsyth
Jane Pollard
Written byIain Forsyth
Jane Pollard
Nick Cave
Produced byDan Bowen
Alex Dunnett
James Wilson
CinematographyErik Wilson
Edited byJonathan Amos
Music byNick Cave
Warren Ellis
Corniche Pictures
British Film Institute
Film4 Productions
Pulse Films
Distributed byPicturehouse Entertainment[1]
Release dates
Running time
95 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office$2,095,156[2]

20,000 Days on Earth is a 2014 British musical documentary drama film co-written and directed by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard.[3][4] 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 20 January 2014.[5][6] It won two Awards at the festival.[7][8]

After its premiere at Sundance Film Festival, Drafthouse Films acquired distribution rights of the film.[9][10] The film released on 17 September 2014 in United States.[11]


The film depicts a fictitious 24-hour period in the life of Australian musician, songwriter, author, screenwriter, composer, actor and model Nick Cave,[12] prior to and during the recording of his 2013 album Push the Sky Away.


The film also premiered at 64th Berlin International Film Festival in Panorama Dokumente section, in February 2014[13][14][15] and at the 2014 True/False Film Festival.[16] It also served as the opening night film at 2014 Sydney Film Festival on 4 June 2014.[17][18]

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


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.[20] 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".[21]

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."[22]

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."[23]

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."[24]

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."[25]


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[7][8]
Editing Award: World Cinema Documentary Jonathan Amos Won[7][8]
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[26]
Festival de Cinéma de la Ville de Québec International Competition: Grand Prix competition - official feature Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard Won[27]
Athens International Film Festival Music & Films Competition: Golden Athena Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard Won[28]
2015 BAFTA Awards Best Documentary Nominated
Independent Spirit Awards Best Documentary Feature Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard Nominated


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  27. ^ "FCVQ Awards". Fcvq.ca. Archived from the original on 11 October 2014. Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  28. ^ "Protothema News". En.protothema.gr. Retrieved 7 October 2014.

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