Drafthouse nabs Nick Cave doc “20,000 Days on Earth”

U.S. distributor Drafthouse Films has acquired North American rights from Hanway Films for Nick Cave-focused hybrid documentary 20,000 Days on Earth (pictured).
February 10, 2014

U.S. distributor Drafthouse Films has acquired North American rights from Hanway Films for Nick Cave documentary 20,000 Days on Earth (pictured).

Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s genre-bending doc, which traces a fictional day in the Australian-born musician’s life, won directing and editing prizes in the world cinema documentary category at the Sundance Film Festival last month. It receives its European premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival today (February 10).

The film came about after Cave invited the London-based directors to film the early stages of writing for his 2013 album Push The Sky Away. The title refers to how many days Cave has been alive, and the doc tells a fictional narrative of his 20,000th day.

“I am among many who consider Nick Cave the unofficial poet laureate of the modern age,” said Drafthouse Films founder Tim League in a statement. “While his music fans are already eagerly anticipating this release, I am personally excited to share this riveting portrait of a modern creative genius with a much wider audience.”

In a joint statement, Forsyth and Pollard added: “Partnering with Drafthouse Films to release our first film in North America is a huge thrill for us. They release the kind of films we want to watch. Tim’s passion for film is infectious and together with his team we know their vision will ensure 20,000 Days on Earth reaches the widest possible audience.”

The doc is produced by James Wilson and Dan Bowen with support from Film4, Corniche Pictures and the British Film Institute. It will be released theatrically later this year.

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