Happening at Artrix

There’s a couple of interesting events coming up.

Artrix is one of a handful of independent UK cinemas to be screening a fascinating music documentary in September.

20,000 Days On Earth is a bold vision of one of music’s most mysterious and charismatic figures, the iconic Nick Cave. In their debut feature directors Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard fuse drama and documentary by weaving a cinematically staged day in Cave’s life with never-before-seen observation of his full creative cycle.

The film delves into Cave’s artistic processes, unpicking the stuff that makes him tick. We meet those who have affected his life, personally and professionally, including hilarious moments shared with his regular collaborator, the multi-instrumentalist and epic beard-wearer Warren Ellis; actor and friend Ray Winstone; and Kylie Minogue, whom Cave duetted with on his mainstream hit single Where The Wild Roses Grow. These voices from the past revisit Cave in daydream-like scenes as he sits behind the wheel driving through his adopted hometown of Brighton, England.

The film constructs a narrative and cinematic reality that seamlessly blends performance and storytelling with emotional truths.

We see a song grow from the tiniest of ideas sketched out by Cave in his office to a monstrous epic performed by the peerless Bad Seeds on stage at Sydney Opera House. We also witness Cave open up to psychoanalyst Darian Leader as he discusses how his early years continue to inform his work, and later join him on a journey through his personal archive.

This category-defying film possesses the same frankness and wry humour that run through all of Cave’s work, and pushes the form into new territory, exploring universal themes and celebrating the transformative power of the creative spirit.

The award-winning film will be followed by an exclusive satellite event featuring Nick Cave performing with special guests.

20,000 Days on Earth (15) with Nick Cave Live Relay is on Wednesday 17th September at 7.00 pm. Tickets cost £12 (£10)

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There was a time when millions would tune in to watch an extraordinary sports phenomenon. The equivalent of the Great British Bake Off in popularity stakes, Big Daddy v Giant Haystacks depicts the grunting, grappling life of two well-loved wrestling rivals.

Tis new comedy drama play coming to Artrix promises to help audiences relive the magic and mayhem of those Saturday afternoons. It’s been a hit at festivals, picking up Editors Choice at the Brighton Festival, and there’s plenty of audience participation as they get to cheer and boo both heroes and villains.

This is a tale of reckless ambition, the thirst for fame, fierce rivalries and brotherly love. Brought to you by the writers of the hit play Those Magnificent Men, and starring Ross Gurney-Randall from The Bill and David Mounfield from This is Jinsey and Radio 4’s Count Arthur Strong’s Radio Show, this is an unmissable show.

Big Daddy v Giant Haystacks is on Tuesday 16th September at 8.00 pm. Tickets cost £12 (£10)

Tickets for all shows are available from the box office on 01527 577330 or www.artrix.co.uk