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Nick Cave and Warren Ellis announce new film ‘This Much I Know To Be True’

The Andrew Dominik-directed film will be released later this year

By Charlotte Krol

Nick Cave Warren Ellis sit against computer gear in a black and white photo
Warren Ellis and Nick Cave (Photo: Matthew Thorne)

A new film exploring the creative relationship between Nick Cave and Warren Ellis has been announced.

‘This Much I Know To Be True’, directed by Andrew Dominik, is described as a companion piece to Dominik’s 2016 music documentary ‘One More Time With Feeling’, which centred on the trauma that Cave and his family have experienced following the death of Cave’s son, Arthur, in 2015.

The forthcoming feature film will explore Cave and Ellis’ partnership alongside songs from their last two albums: 2019’s ‘Ghosteen’ (Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds) and 2021’s ‘Carnage’ (Nick Cave & Warren Ellis).

As Deadline reports, the movie was shot on location in London and Brighton last year and will “document the duo’s first performances of the albums and feature a special appearance by close friend and long-term collaborator, Marianne Faithfull”.

It’s said that “interstitial pieces between the songs” will “illuminate the cosmology and themes of the music” that is heard. Cave will also provide insight into the process of his fan Q&A website The Red Hand Files.

Additionally, viewers will also get to see Cave’s art project (described as “a series of sculptures depicting the life of the Devil”) featured in the film with an inside look at his workshop.

‘This Much I Know To Be True’ is set to be released later this year, although no date has been confirmed.

The creative partnership between Cave, Ellis and Dominik continues with the musicians scoring the director’s forthcoming Marilyn Monroe biopic ‘Blonde’. The trio also worked together on the 2007 film ‘The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford’.

In Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds news, the band have been announced to play Best Kept Secret festival in the Netherlands this year alongside The Strokes, Alt-j, Jamie xx, Mura Masa, Beach House, Leon Bridges, Sigrid, Jessie Ware and others.

The festival, which had its last two instalments cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic – will return to Hilvarenbeek town from June 10-12, 2022. Tickets are available here.

Cave and Ellis also recently shared a new song from the  soundtrack for ‘La Panthère Des Neiges’ – listen to ‘Les Cerfs’ here.