Sydney Film Festival had announced the Australian premiere of 20,000 Days on Earth, an innovative film about international cultural icon Nick Cave, as the 2014 Opening Night Film. The films screens at the State Theatre at 7:30pm on Wednesday 4 June.
20,000 Days on Earth is the first feature-length film by UK visual artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, who take an appropriately wild approach to this visually astonishing and highly stylised imagining of Cave's 20,000th day on Earth, all to a narration by Cave himself.
"We're blown away to be invited to open the mighty Sydney Film Festival," said Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard. "It's a total thrill to bring the film not only to Nick's home country but also back to the city where we shot the climactic live performance at Sydney Opera House that closes 20,000 Days on Earth."
20,000 Days on Earth was recently awarded the Directing Award: World Cinema Documentary and the Editing Award: World Cinema Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival.
The Closing Night Film will be kept under wraps until the full program launch on Wednesday 7 May.