There have been very few music documentaries this decade that measure up to 2014’s 20,000 Days on Earth, Jane Pollard & Iain Forsyth‘s indescribable documentary portrait of the great Nick Cave during the recording of Push the Sky Away, his last record with his band, the Bad Seeds. Personal rumination, historical probing, musical craftsmanship, and anxious domesticity all blended together into an utterly unique vision of the working life of one of the most evocative writer-musicians to ever take the stage. If you have time tonight, I would suggest spending the money on Amazon or Apple to get your eyes on it. That’s meant to sound urgent; it’s that freaking good.
As dark as the subject matter often got in that film, however, I would expect something all the more wrenching and provocative in One More Time With Feeling, the latest documentary portrait of Cave from the immensely talented Andrew Dominik, who last helmed Killing Them Softly and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. The film will cover the recording of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ upcoming record, Skeleton Tree, which drops on September 9th, but as one can see in the trailer, which you can take a look at below, it’s also about the dark path to finding yourself after unbearable personal tragedy. In this case, the tragedy would be the accidental death of Cave’s young son last year, and though that doesn’t come up explicitly in the trailer, you can feel the unrelenting pain, distress, and confusion in every word that Cave speaks. The film will be shown in theaters in 3D and 2D on September 8th, and I would suggest you both buy your ticket and a handy handkerchief.
Here’s the trailer for One More Time With Feeling:
Here’s the official synopsis for the film via Nick Cave’s official website:
Originally a performance based concept, One More Time With Feeling evolved into something much more significant as Dominik delved into the tragic backdrop of the writing and recording of the album. Interwoven throughout the Bad Seeds’ filmed performance of the new album are interviews and footage shot by Dominik, accompanied by Cave’s intermittent narration and improvised rumination.Filmed in black-and-white and colour, in both 3D and 2D, the result is stark, fragile and raw.
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds’ sixteenth studio album, Skeleton Tree, will be released globally on vinyl, CD and across all digital platforms on 9th September 2016. The album began its journey in late 2014 at Retreat Studios, Brighton, with further sessions at La Frette Studios, France in autumn 2015. The album was mixed at AIR Studios, London in early 2016.