One More Time with Feeling

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One More Time with Feeling
Uppercase white text reads "Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds", "One More Time with Feeling" and "the film, in cinemas 8 September" against a black background. Below the text, a man in a white shirt and black suit jacket stares upward; a clapperboard with several instances of handwritten technical information is visible to the right of him. In the bottom-left corner black uppercase text on a white background reads "Picturehouse Entetainment"; in the bottom-right corner "NickCave.com" is written in uppercase white text against the black background.
Theatrical-release poster
Directed byAndrew Dominik
Produced by
  • Dulcie Kellett
  • James Wilson
Starring
Music byNick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Cinematography
Edited byShane Reid
Production
company
  • Iconoclast
  • JW Films
  • Pulse Films
Distributed byTrafalgar Releasing
Release date
  • 5 September 2016 (2016-09-05) (Venice Film Festival)
  • 8 September 2016 (2016-09-08) (Worldwide)
Running time
112 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
Box office$1.7 million

One More Time with Feeling is a 2016 British documentary film directed by Andrew Dominik. It documents the recording of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' sixteenth studio album, Skeleton Tree, in the aftermath of the death of Nick Cave's 15-year-old son Arthur.

Background[edit]

Nick Cave's 15-year-old son Arthur died after an accidental cliff fall at the Ovingdean Gap in Brighton, England in July 2015.[1] At the time of Arthur's death, Cave was partway through recording sessions for Skeleton Tree, the sixteenth studio album by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.[2]

Synopsis[edit]

One More Time with Feeling documents the final production process of Skeleton Tree, in the aftermath of the death of Nick Cave's son Arthur. The film includes 35 minutes of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds performing at Air Studios in London in early 2016 during the final recording sessions for the album, as well as director Andrew Dominik's interviews with Cave, band member Warren Ellis and Cave's wife Susie Bick.[3] The film also features "intermittent narration and improvised rumination" from Cave throughout.[4]

Production[edit]

Principal production for One More Time with Feeling started in February 2016 and the entire film was shot over the course of 10 days with a crew of seven people.[3] The film was shot in both black and white and in color and in both 2D and 3D,[4] with two specialist 3D technicians.[3] Dominik originally intended to shoot the film as "a performance based concept", but it became "something much more significant" as he began conducting interviews during filming.[4] The decision to conduct interviews and introduce non-musical elements was "completely improvised" by Dominik during principal production. Interviews with Nick Cave and Susie Bick were filmed in both London and Brighton.[3]

Dominik and Cave had an agreement where Dominik could film at any time and ask Cave any question, provided that "if there was anything [Cave] didn't like he could cut it out". Several "emotional" scenes of the film were edited out due to Dominik's "confusion [on] how to deal with the subject" and for fear that they were "exploitative in some way". The portions of the film featuring Cave's narration and voiceovers were recorded on his iPhone after filming was completed. Several hours of his personal recordings were sent to Dominik via Dropbox; Dominik edited the recordings and "built sequences around pieces" of them.[3]

Cave both commissioned and financed One More Time with Feeling himself in order to avoid conducting interviews about Skeleton Tree and his son's death with the media. According to Dominik, Cave was not expecting to profit from the film's release and "his best hope [was] to break even."[3]

The film's title was lifted from the lyrics of Magneto, a song from Skeleton Tree.

Release[edit]

One More Time with Feeling premiered at the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy on 5 September 2016. It received a general worldwide release in 850 theatres on 8 September, the day before Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds released Skeleton Tree.[5] Originally intended to be a one-night-only event,[6] additional screenings were added until 11 September due to demand in certain locations.[7]

A trailer for both the film and the album was released on 2 August, a month prior to its release.[8]

Critical response[edit]

One More Time with Feeling received widespread critical acclaim. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 100%, based on 23 reviews, with an average rating of 9.0/10.[9] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film received an average score of 92, based on 10 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[10]

Box office[edit]

Following its initial release on 8 September 2016 and the additional screenings added over the next four days due to demand in certain locations, One More Time with Feeling grossed £343,000 at the United Kingdom box office and $1.7 million worldwide.[11]

Home media

One More Time with Feeling was released on DVD, Blu-ray and 3D Blu-ray on 3 March 2017.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Elgot, Jessica; Khomami, Nadia (15 July 2015). "Nick Cave's son dies after Bright chalk cliffs fall | UK news". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  2. ^ Boilen, Bob (12 September 2016). "All Songs +1: A Devastating New Film About Nick Cave". All Songs Considered (NPR). National Public Radio. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Thompson, Anne (29 August 2016). "Nick Cave's Tragedy and the Very Beautiful Music Documentary: An Interview With 'One More Time With Feeling' Director Andrew Dominik". IndieWire. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  4. ^ a b c Lozano, Kevin; Monroe, Jazz (2 June 2016). "Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Announce New Album, Skeleton Tree". Pitchfork. Condé Nast. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' One More Time with Feeling Launches in Cinemas Worldwide". Aesthetica Short Film Festival. Aesthetica. 2 August 2016. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  6. ^ Stolworthy, Jason (3 August 2016). "Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds release trailer for music documentary One More Time With Feeling". The Independent. Independent Print. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Skeleton Tree Out Now + I Need You Video". Nick Cave. 8 September 2016. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – 'Skeleton Tree'/'One More Time with Feeling' Official Trailer". YouTube. Alphabet. 2 August 2016. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  9. ^ "One More Time with Feeling (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  10. ^ "One More Time with Feeling Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  11. ^ Gant, Charles (13 September 2016). "Don't Breathe spooks Ben-Hur's horses at the UK box office | Film". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 14 September 2016.

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