20,000 days on Earth
—Drama and reality combine in a fictitious 24 hours in the life of musician and international cultural icon Nick Cave. With startlingly frank insights and an intimate portrayal of the artistic process, the film examines what makes us who we are, and celebrates the transformative power of the creative spirit.
Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard - Directors
Visual artists Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard met while studying Goldsmiths College in London in the mid-nineties. They have worked together ever since. 20,000 Days on Earth is their first feature film.
They pioneered the use of re-enactment in contemporary art and became known for their recreations of highly-charged cultural moments, such as their critically acclaimed A Rock ‘N’ Roll Suicide, a painstakingly faithful live re-creation of David Bowie’s final performance as Ziggy Stardust exactly 25 years later.
Music plays a significant role in their work, which includes many notable collaborations, such as a sound installation with Scott Walker at Sydney Opera House, experiments with subliminal sound with Jason Pierce (Spiritualized) and a video art work featuring the first ever on-screen appearance of rapper Plan B aka Ben Drew (Harry Brown, Ill Manors, The Sweeney).
Phoebe Greenberg - Producer
An artist and a businesswoman, Phoebe Greenberg has devoted her life to art and culture. In 2007, she launched DHC/ART, her foundation for contemporary art whose mission is to showcase the work of the best contemporary artists in the world, including Marc Quinn, Sophie Calle, Nancy Davenport, Christian Marclay, Ryoji Ikeda and Thomas Demand, to name but a few. In 2008, with the construction of the Phi Centre underway, Phoebe made her first foray into filmmaking. She conceived and produced the short film Next Floor by Denis Villeneuve, (Best Short Film at the Cannes International Critics’ Week). In 2011, she was Associate Producer of Incendies, which took Villenuve to the Oscars that year. She also produced Hope by Pedro Pires, Kivalina, by Ben Addelman, Cochemare by Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski, and Visitors by Godfrey Reggio, slated for release in 2013. Finally, in June 2012, after more than four years of construction, Phoebe Greenberg opened the doors to a unique arts centre in Montreal: the Phi Centre. A highly intelligent centre that proves the scope of Phoebe Greenberg’s vision. A centre whose mission is to create a gathering place for art.
Penny Mancuso - Producer
Penny Mancuso is equally at ease in the world of art as she is in the world of business. That’s what makes her such an indispensable collaborator with Phoebe Greenberg. Penny is President of the Phi Group and all its entities, including the Phi Centre and Phi Films, which led her to produce films such as Next Floor and Incendies by Denis Villeneuve, as well as Cochemare by Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski, and Visitors by Godfrey Reggio, both slated for release in 2013. Penny is also a big music fan. She has worked with partners from around the world to help develop and market new talent like Yoav, Black Lips and Band of Skulls. With the opening of the famous Phi Centre in June 2012, Penny Mancuso is now taking on a challenge on par with her talent: to create a gathering place for art.
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Directors: Iain Forsyth et Jane Pollard
Writers: NIck Cave, Iain Forsyth et Jane Pollard
Producers: Jim Wilson, Dan Bowen
Producers: Phoebe Greenberg, Penny Mancuso
Executive Producers: Anna Higgs, Hani Farsi, Lucas Ochoa, Paul Goldin, Paul Grindey, Tabitha Jackson, Thomas Benski
Production companies: Pulse Films, JW Films, Corniche Pictures, BFI, Film 4, Phi Films
Director of Photography: Erik Wilson
Visual effects designer: Uel Hormann
Music: Nick Cave, Warren Ellis