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From the Archive: 20,000 Days on Earth

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3 Nov 2021
32 min listen

This musical documentary drama is based around one day in the life of musician, singer, songwriter, author, screenwriter, composer, father and occasional actor Nick Cave

We return to our archive and we find ourselves transported in time back to 17 September 2014, when the red carpet was rolled out for the Gala Premiere of the film 20,000 Days on Earth, the debut feature film of artists and film-makers Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard. We spoke to them about their hopes, ambitions and the challenges they faced.

'We definitely wanted to make this not just for Nick Cave fans and I think that actually in a way deliberately set about doing this without them in mind. They know how good he is, you don’t need to tell them. What was crucial was trying to be able to make a film about creativity using the person we thought was the very best example of that.'Jane Pollard

Whether you are a fan of Nick Cave's music or not, this film really draws you in to its compelling and questioning universe, with the songwriter making a fantastic otherworldly guide.

From the Archive sees us dig into our extensive contemporary and classical music and cinema podcast archive as we rediscover interviews and discussions with artists, with our long-standing producer and presenter, Ben Eshmade. 

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