ON Thursday at Cineworld and the Cameo, for one night only, there’s a chance to catch Andrew Dominik’s fragile, raw, black and white feature film One More Time With Feeling.
Filmed shortly after the death of Nick Cave’s 15-year-old son, Arthur, the stark film offers the first opportunity to hear the songs from Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds 16th studio album, Skeleton Tree.
Originally a performance- based concept, One More Time With Feeling evolved into something much more significant as the film-maker delved into the tragic backdrop of the writing and recording of the album - Arthur fell to his death from a cliff in 2015.
Interwoven throughout the Bad Seeds’ filmed performance of the new album are interviews and footage, accompanied by Cave’s intermittent narration and improvised rumination.
Dominik recalls, “When Nick approached me about making a film around the recording and performing of the new Bad Seeds album, I’d been seeing quite a lot of him as we rallied around him and his family at the time of his son’s death.
“My immediate response was, ‘Why do you want to do this?’ Nick told me that he had some things he needed to say, but he didn’t know who to say them to.
“The idea of a traditional interview, he said, was simply unfeasible but that he felt a need to let the people who cared about his music understand the basic state of things.
“It seemed to me that he was trapped somewhere and just needed to do something - anything - to at least give the impression of forward movement.”
He continues, “I took the record away and listened to it trying to work out a way into the whole thing.
“In the end I agreed to do it if I could shoot it in black-and-white and 3D.
Nick’s response was, ‘I f**king hate 3D’ or something like that. I showed him old black and white photos viewed through a stereopticon from the 50s.
“I told him I wanted to make a film where these sorts of photos came slowly to life. I felt that the stark black-and-white and the haunted drama of these 3D images perfectly addressed the disembodied sound of the record and the weird sense of paralysis that Nick seemed to exist in at the time.
“Nick watched the film. His response, to ‘make sure they see it in 3D.’
One More Time With Feeling, Cineworld and the Cameo , Thursday, 9pm
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds’ Skeleton Tree is released on Friday