A key scene in Forsyth/Pollard’s documentary on Nick Cave shows the singer-songwriter in session with his shrink. It throws up the question of whether we’re witnessing a confession of vulnerability – or its performance. Cave himself, whose ruminations take up much of the soundtrack, is straightforward about the connections between memory and creation. It shouldn’t surprise the viewer that the author of a classic song metaphorising a woman into a boat might not be entirely capable of releasing the rudder.
20,000 Days on Earth | Directed by Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard (UK 2014) documentary with Nick Cave, Susie Bick, Warren Ellis. Starts October 16
Originally published in issue #131, October 2014.