10 Apr 2014 - 10:06 AM  UPDATED 24 Feb 2015 - 10:27 AM

The 2014 Sydney Film Festival will open on June 4 with the Australian premiere of the 20,000 Days on Earth, a stylised film about – and narrated by – Australian renaissance man Nick Cave.

20,000 Days on Earth is described as a hybrid of drama and reality, which examines the creative process over a fictitious 24 hours in the life of the musician/artist/author, as he writes and records his album Push The Sky Away. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, and is the first feature-length film by British visual artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard.

Current Sydney Film Festival director Nashen Moodley has maintained a local angle in his selections for opening night; since taking the reins in 2012, the opening night films have been Peter Templeman’s Not Suitable For Children (2012) and Ivan Sen’s Mystery Road (2013). Though not an “Australian film”, 20,000 Days on Earth culminates in a live performance at the Sydney Opera House by Cave and his frequent collaborators, The Bad Seeds.

 “We're blown away to be invited to open the mighty Sydney Film Festival,” said Forsyth and Pollard in a statement. “It’s a total thrill to bring the film not only to Nick’s home country but also back to the city where we shot the climactic live performance at Sydney Opera House that closes 20,000 Days on Earth.”

The Sydney Film Festival will take place at various locations in Sydney between June 4 and 15.  Click here to see our previous story about the early highlights of the 2014 program.