By THEA LENARDUZZI
20,000 Days on Earth, a work of docu-fiction in which Nick Cave plays Nick Cave, is a personal paean to song-writing and the transformative power of performance. Co-written and directed by the visual artists Jane Pollard and Iain Forsyth, the film follows the artist for roughly twenty-four hours on what is ostensibly his 20,000th day of life. Pollard and Forsyth are interested in performance and memory (this much is clear from their previous projects, including a re-staging of David Bowie’s final outing as Ziggy Stardust), and they are interested in Nick Cave (they directed a number of his music videos in 2008). This is good, because Nick Cave is also interested in Nick Cave – and so it would seem is the large crowd gathered with me at the Soho Hotel for this early screening of the film.