Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds Distant Sky / by Jon Whittaker

 Nick Caves Distant Sky is an exhilarating end to an unplanned trilogy of film. 20,000 Days On Earth was a ruse in to Caves world and mind. Part fiction, part non fiction, leaving the viewer to decide. Filled with wit, charm, humor, and lines on life that only he could deliver. Then the untimely and unplanned One More Time With Feeling as a response to his sons tragic death. A real, very honest, very heartbreaking and gut wrenching look in to a broken mans search for reality, or an escape from the unimaginable. To be followed up by Distant Sky that brings it all to a head, that brings this man back around to where he belongs. Back to where he needs to be. Back to where he is alive... The stage. Ive seen Nick Cave all over the Country many times. He usually keeps that gap between fan and performer. Seeing him now in Distant Sky, well, this is now a man that wants to be consumed by his fans. He cant get close enough. It seems through his tragedy that he has accepted his release are his fans. Grabbing at them instead of them grabbing at him. Sometimes, literally taking their hand and placing it to feel his beating heart. Reaching out for that connection. Surrounding himself with adoration and love. To be touched. The film is absolutely beautiful! Especially to a concert photographer like myself. The director showed exactly what I try to convey to my viewer. Not just a show, not just a photo of a concert, but that emotion. He doesnt film it, he feels it. And it isnt that hard to show the emotion and feeling with the current state of Nick Cave and the setlist that was chosen for this particular concert. An amazing conclusion to an adventitious trilogy of someones life and love laid out for all to see.   Jon Whittaker

Nick Caves Distant Sky is an exhilarating end to an unplanned trilogy of film.
20,000 Days On Earth was a ruse in to Caves world and mind. Part fiction, part non fiction, leaving the viewer to decide. Filled with wit, charm, humor, and lines on life that only he could deliver. Then the untimely and unplanned One More Time With Feeling as a response to his sons tragic death. A real, very honest, very heartbreaking and gut wrenching look in to a broken mans search for reality, or an escape from the unimaginable. To be followed up by Distant Sky that brings it all to a head, that brings this man back around to where he belongs. Back to where he needs to be. Back to where he is alive... The stage.
Ive seen Nick Cave all over the Country many times. He usually keeps that gap between fan and performer. Seeing him now in Distant Sky, well, this is now a man that wants to be consumed by his fans. He cant get close enough. It seems through his tragedy that he has accepted his release are his fans. Grabbing at them instead of them grabbing at him. Sometimes, literally taking their hand and placing it to feel his beating heart. Reaching out for that connection. Surrounding himself with adoration and love. To be touched.
The film is absolutely beautiful! Especially to a concert photographer like myself. The director showed exactly what I try to convey to my viewer. Not just a show, not just a photo of a concert, but that emotion. He doesnt film it, he feels it. And it isnt that hard to show the emotion and feeling with the current state of Nick Cave and the setlist that was chosen for this particular concert.
An amazing conclusion to an adventitious trilogy of someones life and love laid out for all to see.


Jon Whittaker