NICK CAVE ON SCREENWRITING

By Robert Stefoski


The Bad Seeds frontman is an accomplished Screenwriter and Film Score Composer.


“I became a script writer with absolutely no idea of how to write a script whatsoever. I still feel a bit of an outsider in that regard. If I can maintain that approach to screenwriting, it can continue to be enjoyable.”

Nick Cave is a multifaceted artist, working as a musician, singer-songwriter, author, screenwriter, composer and actor.


He has composed the score for some grand movies over the years in collaboration with Warren Ellis. These include The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007), The Road (2009), Lawless (2012), and Hell or High Water (2016). Cave and Ellis also composed the score for John Hillcoat's The Proposition (2005). The film was written by Nick Cave and must be considered to be near the apex of Australian cinema. The film is an Australian bushranger drama starring Guy Pearce, Ray Winstone, Emily Watson, John Hurt, Danny Huston and David Wenham.

Cave had previously helped write the screenplay for Hillcoat's Ghosts... Of The Civil Dead. This was his first foray into screenwriting in 1987. In 2012 he again worked with Hillcoat and wrote the screenplay for Lawless, starring Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce.


After the phenomenal success of Ridley Scott's Gladiator, Cave's buddy - Russell Crowe enlisted him to write a sequel. Cave came back with a film which explored Crowe's character Maximus in the afterlife and had him coming back to Earth to fight in all the epic wars over the centuries, affecting man's future and humanity's relationship with the God's forever.


Cave recalls Crowe's reaction after reading the script, “Don’t like it, mate.”

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