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Watch clip from Nick Cave and Warren Ellis’ film ‘This Much I Know To Be True’

In the preview, Ellis conducts a string quartet as Cave performs 'Lavender Fields'

By Charlotte Krol

Nick Cave seen in the preview clip from 'This Much I Know To Be True'
Nick Cave in the preview clip from 'This Much I Know To Be True'. (Picture: YouTube/Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds)

The first preview of ‘This Much I Know To Be True’, a forthcoming film centred on the creative partnership between Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, has been shared.

The Andrew Dominik-directed film is described as a companion piece to his 2016 music documentary ‘One More Time With Feeling’, which focused on the trauma that Cave and his family have experienced following the death of Cave’s son, Arthur, in 2015.

‘This Much I Know To Be True’ will release later this year (a date has not yet been set). For now, fans can watch a short clip that sees Cave reflect on his identity as an artist and, more simply, “a person”.

“I’m trying to wean myself off those definitions of myself that are about my occupation and see myself as a person, as a husband, as a father,” Cave says in the clip, referring to his typical habit of labelling himself first and foremost as a musician and writer.

Cave’s comments are followed by a scene that shows Ellis conduct a string quartet as Cave performs the track ‘Lavender Fields’ – watch below.

The film 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.

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 StrokesAlt-jJamie xxMura MasaBeach HouseLeon BridgesSigridJessie Ware and others.