Last week saw the official Gala preview screening of 20,000 Days on Earth, the critically acclaimed new documentary-come-fantasy film that follows a fictitious day in the life of Nick Cave. The red carpet event held at the iconic Barbican was hosted by Edith Bowman, and screened throughout 150 different cinemas up and down the country. It was an event that Nick Cave fans based in the UK have been eagerly anticipating for months since the film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival back in January.

The film, released officially in cinemas last Friday (19th September) throughout the UK, features guest appearances from Ray Winstone, Kylie Minogue and former Bad Seed, Blixa Bargeld. It is a true feast for the eyes, but its main attraction is the way in which it captures Nick Cave's creative process and explores challenging themes of what makes us who we are and how the creative process evolves. It is as far removed from being a standard music documentary as is possible, and plays around with fact and fiction until they merge as one, where upon the truth does not matter. Instead, it brings all the focus right back to the music and explores the different sides to Nick Cave's persona.

The preview was followed by a Q&A session with directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, as well as the main man himself, Nick Cave, alongside band mates Warren Ellis and Martyn P Casey. The crowd were also invited to get involved with the Q&A asking their questions via Twitter and were treated to special unseen outtakes from the film. The in-depth discussion explored how Forsyth and Pollard had brought about their artistic vision and pulled it all together. They discussed how determined they were to not demystify the mystery that surrounds Cave as an artist, and instead play up the myths that have been connected with his character.

Ray Winstone also showed up to talk about how he first met Nick Cave, and Cave then revealed how the character of the notorious Bunny Munro from Cave's novel The Death of Bunny Munro was somewhat inspired by Winstone himself when the pair met on the set of The Proposition. It was a rare opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, and how carefully the film had been thought out.

Aside from the Q&A, there was also live music from Nick Cave, where he seemed a lot more at ease, playing through renditions of 'The Weeping Song' and 'And No More Shall We Part' accompanied only by his grand piano. The Barbican Hall provided the perfect backdrop to some of the gentler songs from the Bad Seeds' back catalogue. Later on, he was joined by Ellis and Casey where they played through stunning stripped back versions of 'God Is In The House', 'The Ship Song', 'Into My Arms' and 'Mermaids' which brought the special evening to a close.