Polymath musician, writer and scourge/darling of the music press, Nick Cave has played a number of intriguing screen roles over the years. In John Hillcoat’s Ghosts… of the Civil Dead he was a psychotic inmate in a high-security prison descending into hellish self-destructive chaos. In Tom DiCillo’s Johnny Suede he played Freak Storm, a parodic rocker with a shock-white quiff singing songs about his daddy dying in the electric chair. Most notably he was a balladeer in Andrew Dominik’s brilliant (but underrated) The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, infuriating Casey Affleck’s hollow gunman with his inaccurate musical recounting of already legendary history.
Mark Kermode gives 20,000 Days on Earth a brilliant review on The Guardian.
Rock star and film-maker Nick Cave produces and stars in this sprightly, creatively enhanced documentary about the current state of his life, music and general psychospiritual equilibrium as he passes the 20,000-day mark – ie, mid-50s. It’s a time when any artist might start wondering about his or her career trajectory, and what his or her legacy might be.
Read the full film review on The Guardian.