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Cave hated rock documentary idea

Published 20/06/2014 | 16:22

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Nick Cave stars in rock documentary 20,000 Days on Earth

Nick Cave has admitted he hated the idea of making a rock documentary when filmmakers Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard first pitched it to him.

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But the Australian rocker was eventually persuaded and stars in 20,000 Days on Earth, which premiered at Sundance in January and received several awards.

Nick confessed: "I couldn't think of anything worse. 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 from these films about your heroes or people that you're interested in feeling like you'd wish you'd never seen the film."

The film is unusual because most is scripted or staged, with Nick giving viewers a peek at key moments in his life, but in controlled situations.

The 56-year-old rocker said: "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.

"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."

Forsyth and Pollard were initially commissioned to shoot video footage of recording sessions for Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds' last album, 2013's Push the Sky Away. It wasn't until Forsyth and Pollard showed up with storyboards outlining a different kind of film that he allowed the project to go forward.

Even after shooting was completed, he wasn't sold and didn't relish sitting in a dark room watching himself on a screen for 90 minutes.

"When I actually went and saw it in the cinema, I was really blown away by the idea that a couple of directors had an idea and they made the film and the result is just like the original idea they had, which is very difficult to do in the film world," Nick.

"Basically they were allowed to realise their vision by the producers and financiers of the film. I was blown away by that."

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