Skip to content

Directed by Ian Forsyth, Jane Pollard

United Kingdom 2014 97 mins.

An inventive ode to creativity, 20,000 Days on Earth fuses drama and reality by weaving the journey of a fictional day in Nick Cave’s life, giving us a window into his creative process through staged, but not scripted scenes and encounters as well as more traditional footage of his rehearsals and performances. In the world of the Australian musician, songwriter, and occasional film actor, the mundane gives way to the fantastic and a coterie of surprising and engaging collaborators who offer revealing glimpses into Cave’s legendary, enigmatic oeuvre. Winner, Best Director prize at the Sundance Film Festival. “This innovative study playfully disguises itself as fiction while more than fulfilling the requirements of a biographical documentary.”—Variety.



The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.