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Idiot Prayer: Nick Cave Alone at Alexandra Palace

(Rated M)

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“Once there was a song, the song yearned to be sung...”

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Filmed in June 2020 just as London was emerging from lockdown, Idiot Prayer: Nick Cave Alone at Alexandra Palace sees Cave perform alone at a piano in gorgeously stripped-back form. The final film in a trilogy which began with 20,000 Days on Earth (2014) and One More Time With Feeling (2016), Idiot Prayer was conceived as a reaction to the confinement and isolation of the pandemic. Gorgeously shot by acclaimed cinematographer Robbie Ryan (Marriage Story, The Favourite), Cave’s soulful renditions are elevated against the atmospheric backdrop of Alexandra Palace’s cavernous West Hall. In one single, uninterrupted performance, Cave takes the audience on a sonic odyssey from early Bad Seeds and Grinderman tracks, all the way through to his most recent album, Ghosteen.

“Intimate and quietly mesmerising”
— The Guardian
“Breathtaking... An exorcism of death, religion and romance”
“Stately and beautiful”
— The Independent

Why You Should See This Film

Originally intended as a one-time-only streaming event, Idiot Prayer received such a glowing response from critics and audiences that it was reimagined and extended for a cinema release, to our great fortune. It feels like a privilege to witness Cave in such an intimate and soulful mode, delivering beautifully sparse arrangements of favourites both new and old.


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  • Year: 2020
  • Rating: M
  • Director: Nick Cave
  • Cast: Nick Cave
  • Duration: 103 minutes
  • Language: English
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