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Nick Cave

Highest Rated:   100% One More Time With Feeling (2016)
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A post-punk, neo-gothic balladeer with an ardent following, Australian musician Nick Cave has also lent his distinctive presence to films as both a composer and performer. Raised in small town Wangaratta, Australia, Cave attended boarding school in Melbourne, where he met future collaborator Mick Harvey and formed a band that became the Birthday Party. After a couple of years in art school and a move to London, Cave and the Birthday Party left their incendiary mark on the second-generation punk scene before disbanding in 1983. Cave then settled in West Berlin following a brief sojourn in Los Angeles, teaming with Harvey and German musician Blixa Bargeld to form Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. As befitting a band named after a passage in the Bible, Cave's songs evolved into intense narratives filled with love, violence, and Biblical portent accompanied by dramatically eclectic, blues-tinged sonic backdrops. Among the Bad Seeds' admirers was German director Wim Wenders, who cast Cave and the band in his Berlin seraphim allegory Wings of Desire (1987). Appearing in the climactic scene, Cave inwardly despaired about having to perform a fan favorite before launching into the thematically fitting "From Her to Eternity." The Bad Seeds also contributed an apocalyptic love song to Wenders' millennial epic Until the End of the World (1991). Continuing his movie work after Wings of Desire, a screenplay Cave helped pen during his Los Angeles stint was turned into a film by fellow Aussie John Hillcoat. A brutal prison drama based on actual events, Ghosts...of the Civil Dead (1988) featured Cave as one of the inmates, and was nominated for a slew of Australian Film Institute awards, including one for Cave and one for Harvey and Bargeld's haunting score. After kicking an infamous drug habit and moving to Brazil in the late '80s, Cave's creative output flourished into the 1990s, beginning with the sixth Bad Seeds album The Good Son and a German documentary chronicling the band, The Road to God Knows Where, in 1990. Continuing to make acclaimed music with the Bad Seeds throughout the decade, including the creepy Scream (1996) and X-Files (1998) soundtrack tune "Red Right Hand," Cave also contributed to a number of offbeat film projects. Sending up his usual dark attire and goth mien, Cave appeared as the platinum blond, white-clad rocker muse to Brad Pitt's wannabe title character in Tom DiCillo's wry indie Johnny Suede (1991). An apt match of innovators, Cave scored a documentary about American avant-garde cinema icon Jonas Mekas, Jonas in the Desert (1994); his skill with dark ballads elegantly meshed with the subject in the performance-documentary September Songs: The Music of Kurt Weill (1995). Along with releasing the Bad Seeds' Murder Ballads in 1996, Cave acted in and composed the score for Rhinoceros Hunting in Budapest (1996), and reunited with Hillcoat to score Hillcoat's To Have & to Hold (1997). Moving back to London in the late '90s, Cave provided the music for the Irvine Welsh-scripted triptych film The Acid House (1998).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
100% One More Time With Feeling
  • Actor
2016
0% The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez
  • Actor
2016
92% Prophet's Prey
  • Actor
$14k 2015
95% 20,000 Days on Earth
  • Screenwriter
  • Actor
2014
96% West of Memphis
  • Actor
$0.4M 2012
67% Lawless
  • Screenwriter
$36.4M 2012
100% Autoluminescent: Rowland S. Howard
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet All Tomorrow's Parties
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet The Cat Piano
  • Actor
2009
76% The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
  • Bowery Saloon Singer
$4M 2007
74% Glastonbury
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet The Old, Weird America: Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music
  • Actor
2007
69% Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man
  • Actor
$0.9M 2006
86% The Proposition
  • Screenwriter
$1.8M 2005
No Score Yet Birthday Party - Pleasure Heads Must Burn
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet If I Should Fall from Grace - The Shane MacGowan Story
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet The Soul of a Man
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: God Is in the House
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: The Videos
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Ghosts...Of the Civil Dead
  • Maynard
  • Screenwriter
1998
No Score Yet The Music of Kurt Weill: September Songs
  • Himself
1995
36% Johnny Suede
  • Freak Storm
1991
No Score Yet Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - The Road to God Knows Where
  • Actor
1990
98% Wings of Desire
  • Himself
1987

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Performer
  • 2017
No Score Yet Art in the Twenty-First Century
2001-2016
  • Guest
  • 2016

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