Nick Cave on his documentary

Nick Cave on his documentary

Cave comes down to Earth.

By (AP)

Published: Sun 22 Jun 2014, 11:25 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 6:32 PM

Nick Cave had an immediate reaction when filmmakers Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard pitched the idea of a rock documentary.

“I couldn’t think of anything worse,” Cave said. “Because of all the other rock ‘n’ roll documentaries out there that are just such a yawn, that do more damage than they do good. You always walk away fromthese films about your heroes or people that you’re interested in feeling like you’d wish you’d never seen the film.”

The filmmakers eventually convinced Cave to do the documentary, but as you might expect from one of rock’s most unique figures, 20,000 Days on Earth isn’t much like anything you’ve ever seen before.

The film premiered at Sundance in January and received several awards. Now Cave is taking it on the road as he tours the U.S. with The Bad Seeds. 20,000 Days will be in theatres days ahead of the band’s arrival.

It’s not like your average rock documentary. Much of the movie is scripted or staged, with Cave giving viewers a peek at key moments in his life, but in controlled situations. It opens with a shot of Cave in his office, stacked high with books and cluttered with pictures, as he pecks away at a manual typewriter riffing on creativity. He admits that he’s a cannibal, consuming the lives and stories of others for his songs, novels and screenplays.

You won’t catch the imposing 56-year-old Australian in a pair of rubber gloves washing dishes as cameras roll.

“I think it’s wrong to think that the celebrity or the person who lives a lot of their life in the public eye is a normal person, even though there’s a lot of celebrities who go to great lengths to appear that they’re normal people,” Cave said during recent rehearsals in Nashville before his appearance at the Bonnaroo music festival.

“There’s no way they can be normal people. Their lives are mutations, and so sometimes it’s easier for people who’ve been in the public eye or have done a million interviews to actually speak more truthfully in that environment than it is in their natural environment.”

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