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Nick Cave & Warren Ellis to Be Subjects of New Doc, ‘This Much I Know to Be True’

Directed by Andrew Dominik, who created Once More With Feeling, the new film will serve as a companion piece to the 2016 documentary.

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They’ve spent decades working together as musical and creative partners, but now Nick Cave and Warren Ellis are set to be immortalised in the upcoming documentary, This Much I Know to Be True.

Announced by Deadline and confirmed by Nick Cave on social media, This Much I Know to Be True is set for release later in 2022, and captures “Nick Cave and Warren Ellis’ exceptional creative relationship as they bring to life the songs from albums, Ghosteen and Carnage“.

Directed by Andrew Dominik, the forthcoming film is the latest creation that sees Dominik, Cave, and Ellis working together.

In 2007, Dominik’s second film, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, featured a soundtrack composed by the two artists, and in 2016, Dominik set his sights on documentary work, capturing the recording process of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ Skeleton Tree album in Once More With Feeling.

According to Deadline, This Much I Know to Be True is set to serve as a companion piece of sorts to the latter, and is described as “a portrait of the lives of all of us as we move from innocence to experience, attune to the world and its attendant loss, and eventually confront our own mortality”.

Having been shot on location in London and Brighton in 2021, the film captures the pair’s first performances of the Ghosteen and Carnage albums, and is set to feature interstitial pieces between songs will that will “illuminate the cosmology and themes of the music”.

While further details are yet to be revealed, This Much I Know to Be True will reportedly also feature footage of Cave in the workshop in which he practices sculpture, and will also give an insight into the process of his Red Hand Files fan letters.