After they disbanded in 1984 Cave formed Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and the graphic novel charts their ups and downs and the various conflicts and battles Cave fought and endured in his quest for self expression.It also features Cave performing, recording, and his music videos, like a panel that shows Cave’s duet with Kylie Minogue, 1996’s “Where the Wild Roses Grow.” The video of which features Minogue underwater in a nod to the pre-Raphaelite work, In a statement about the graphic novel Cave said, "Reinhard Kleist, master graphic novelist and myth-maker has - yet again - blown apart the conventions of the graphic novel by concocting a terrifying conflation of Cave songs, biographical half-truths and complete fabulations and creating a complex, chilling and completely bizarre journey into Cave World.But we were getting incredible footage.’ They wanted to do something bigger.But Cave is not a fan of rock documentaries, and neither are Pollard and Forsyth.(It turned out to be their most successful album ever, reaching number one in eight countries.) Cave had asked Forsyth and Pollard to film some of the songwriting process for the album in Brighton, followed by the whole of the recording session, which took place at La Fabrique, a residential recording studio in the south of France.For 15 hours a day for three weeks they filmed without any crew, just the two of them with a camera each.I know that what I have to do is to turn up in the morning and take the leap, boldly and with a certain fury, and there are a host of winged things or muses or whatever you call them that will carry me through.’ Cave in his mocked-up study It was in one of Cave’s notebooks that the phrase ‘20,000 days on earth’ was found, which became the title for the forthcoming film directed by the artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, which won the directing and the editing awards in World Cinema Documentary when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January this year.
Earlier this summer, shortly after winning an Ivor Novello Award for his last album, Push the Sky Away, Nick Cave is in his house in Brighton, preparing to go on tour in America with his band, the Bad Seeds. He has, he admits, worn a tracksuit, but if he wears it on the tour bus, the others all throw things and call him Coach, so he has stopped that now.‘They have a way of filming, and lighting,’ Cave says, ‘where everybody looks good and interesting.’ Forsyth and Pollard found a producer, James Wilson, and on his advice recorded all their ideas on a ‘mood reel’.‘Nick trusted us after that, and Jim took it to Film4 and the BFI, and within a couple of weeks they were on board,’ Pollard says.And that’s how it’s done,’ he says, fiddling fussily with the stickers.‘I’m still very crystal meth about the way I write.’ Writer’s block is not something that Cave has encountered.