Nick Cave performing in NYC for special screening on 20,000 Days on Earth


Are you a Nick Cave fan? Do you live in or around New York City? Then you need to mark September 20th on your calendar, because whatever you might have been doing that day is less important than what you will be doing now. To coincide with the opening of the Cave-centric documentary 20,000 Days on Earth (we’ll have a review of closer to release), Cave will be doing a solo piano performance and then be joined by the film’s directors for a conversation. And it will be taking place at the Town Hall in midtown Manhattan.

Any one of those things would be pretty rare in and of itself, but all together it makes for probably the coolest Nick Cave-related thing in at least forever.

Tickets will be going up for sale this weekend, and they’re likely to go pretty fast, so if you’re interested (and you should be), you can find out more information below.

So go do that. Because it’s gonna be awesome.


Following sold-out advance screenings this summer of 20,000 Days on Earth— the groundbreaking new film on celebrated rock legend Nick Cavethe iconic artist returns Stateside for a one night-only encore screening, performance, and conversation event, joined by the film’s directors.

AUSTIN, TXSeptember 2nd, 2014 – Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, in association with Film Forum, have announced a special screening of 20,000 Days On Earth—the lyrical and inventive documentary showcasing the rock icon—followed by a rare solo piano performance by Cave to coincide with the opening weekend release of the film. In addition, the rock legend will be joined on stage by 20,000 Days On Earth directors, Jane Pollard and Iain Forsyth for a conversation with the audience. The exclusive off-site screening will take place at the Town Hall in Manhattan’s midtown on Saturday, September 20th.

For fans across the country–and across the globe–Drafthouse Films is also partnering with Noisey, the music division of Vice Media for an exclusive live stream of the Q&A and solo performance. Fans can also submit questions in advance to via Twitter to @drafthousefilms with #20000Days: a selection will be chosen for Cave and his guests to answer during the post-screening discussion.

As a nod of appreciation to his fans, pre-sale tickets to this exclusive screening event will first be made available to those on Nick Cave’s mailing list and website, starting at 12pm EST this Friday, September 5th–24 hours prior to the general public at 12pm EST, Saturday, September 6th. All tickets to the 20000 Days on Earth special event can be purchased exclusively through Ticketmaster or in person at the Town Hall box office at 123 West 43rd Street.

In addition to the unique event, the directors of 20,000 Days on Earth will also be on hand at Film Forum for a series of Q&A screenings during opening weekend. The film opens for a 2-week exclusive theatrical engagement at Film Forum on Wednesday, September 17th. Tickets for this engagement are available now on and at the Film Forum box office.

“Nick Cave live in concert is a transcendent experience on its own,” says Drafthouse Films founder Tim League.  “Pairing this unique, riveting documentary with a live performance has the makings of an experience you will remember for the rest of your life.”

Fusing cinematic drama with reality by weaving a fictitious 24-hour journey through the life of musician and international cultural icon Nick Cave, the film is an intimate portrayal of the artistic process that speaks volumes to music fans, the art community and movie lovers alike. The debut directorial feature film of visual artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, the film is set to an original score by Nick Cave and fellow Bad Seeds band mate Warren Ellis.

With startlingly frank insights and an intimate portrayal of the artistic process, the genre-defying film examines what makes us who we are, and celebrates the transformative power of the creative spirit. The film made its World Premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where it was awarded both “Best Directing” and “Best Editing” Awards in the World Cinema Documentary category.

Andrew O’Hehir of calls it “gorgeous and haunting…an unclassifiable and frequently spectacular documentary.” Rob Nelson of Variety says “an intense and innovative study of pioneering rock poet Nick Cave” while Michael Dunaway of Paste Magazine proclaims, “just spending an hour and a half or so inside the mind of Nick Cave would be fascinating enough. But the themes of time and lifetime, and the 20,000-day take on it, make this one a must-see.” 

More information on the special screening can be found at and on 20,000 Days on Earth expands into Los Angeles and other markets starting September 26th.

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About Drafthouse Films

Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, is a curated brand of provocative, visionary and artfully unusual films new and old from around the world. Following the earnestly simple motto of “sharing the films we love with widest audience possible,” Drafthouse Films debuted in 2010 with the theatrical release of Four Lions, which was named of Time Magazine’s “Top 10 Films Of The Year.” Their diverse and unique slate includes the highly-acclaimed, Oscar® nominated documentary The Act Of Killing produced by Errol Morris and Werner Herzog, 2013 SXSW Midnight Audience Award winner Cheap Thrills starring David Koechner (Anchorman), British auteur Ben Wheatley’s psychedelic trip into magic and madness, A Field In England, Ari Folman’s Cannes Film Festival selected sci-fi epic The Congress starring Robin Wright, Harvey Keith, Jon Hamm and Paul Giamatti, Midnight Movie sensations Miami Connection and The Visitor and rediscovered classics Wake in Fright and Ms. 45. Recent and upcoming releases include Dutch thriller Borgman, Michel Gondry’s Mood Indigo, Sundance Award-winning documentaries The Overnighters and the recently acquired Look of Silence, Joshua Oppenheimer’s stunning follow up to The Act of Killing. Drafthouse Films distributes films theatrically, through home video, VOD and their direct-to-consumer platforms integrating into the ever-growing Alamo Drafthouse entertainment lifestyle brand, which along with the Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas includes: Mondo, the collectible art boutique; Fantastic Fest, the largest international genre film festival in the US; and the pop culture website Badass Digest.


About Nick Cave

Nick Cave has been performing music for more than thirty years as the lead singer of The Birthday Party, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Grinderman. He is also an acclaimed film score composer, screenplay writer, novelist and occasional actor. His first novel, And the Ass Saw the Angel, was published in 1989, The Death of Bunny Munro was published in 2009. Cave has also published collections of lyrics & prose – King Ink & The Complete Lyrics.

Cave wrote the screenplay for the John Hillcoat directed The Proposition (2005) and again took on the screenplay adaptation role for Hillcoat’s Lawless (2012).

Together with Warren Ellis, Cave has composed and recorded soundtracks for The Proposition (2005), Andrew Dominik’s adaptation of Ron Hansen’s The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2006), John Hillcoat’s adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road (2009), Lawless (2012), David Oelhoffen’s Loin Des Hommes (due 2014/2015) and multiple documentaries including The English Surgeon (2007), The Girls Of Phnom Penh (2009), West of Memphis (2013) and Loin Des Hommes (2015.)

Born in Australia, Cave now lives in England. He continues to record and tour with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and is involved in an ever-increasing variety of music, literary, film and theatre projects.