Nick Cave alludes to the death of his teenage son Arthur and the impact that the tragedy had on him in a trailer for his forthcoming album and 3D concert film.
One More Time With Feeling is set be part of a global cinema event on September 8, with the album ‘Skeleton Tree’ set to follow at midnight the day after. You can watch footage of the trailer below.
In the trailer, Cave says: “What happens when an event occurs that is so catastrophic [is] that you just change.”
“You change from the known person, to an unknown person,” he continues. “So that when you look at yourself in the mirror, you recognise the person that you were but the person inside the skin is a different person.”
15-year-old Arthur Cave died in July 2015 after falling from a 60ft cliff in Ovingdean Gap, East Sussex. An inquest found that he had taken LSD prior to his death and that he suffered a fractured skull, broken legs and bleeding on the brain.
A statement from Nick and wife Susie Cave issued at the time of their son’s death read: “Our son Arthur died on Tuesday evening. He was our beautiful, happy loving boy. We ask that we be given the privacy our family needs to grieve at this difficult time.”
Artists including The Flaming Lips, Belle & Sebastian, Cat Power, Warpaint and more paid their respects to the Cave family following the death.
Directed by Andrew Dominik (Chopper, The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford, Killing Them Softly), the film will receive its world premiere at the 2016 Venice Film Festival before being screened in more than 800 cinemas across the globe.
Filmed in both black-and-white and colour and in 2D and 3D, Dominik’s film was initially intended to be a performance-based film of the recording of ‘Skeleton Tree’. But, following the death of Cave’s 15-year-old son Arthur, a statement said: “The film evolved into something much more significant as Dominik delved into the tragic backdrop of the writing and recording of the album.”
The film sees interviews with the band accompanied by Cave’s narration and is described as “a true testament to an artist trying to find his way through the darkness.”