Movie about Nick Cave and Warren Ellis: The Devil and His Potter

“That’s the devil as a child, as a teenager. Here’s the devil with his first girlfriend, and there he’s killing a child…” Nick Cave speaks in a calm yet thoughtful voice. His jet-black hair is neatly combed back as usual and forms a stark contrast to the white coat he wears in his workshop. According to Cave cynically, he followed the advice of the British government and switched from touring to other sources of income and began to make ceramics during the enforced break. His personal favourites: a series of devils.

This subtly quirky scene is the beginning of director Andrew Dominik’s film, in which there is a relaxed, familiar atmosphere between those involved from start to finish. This doesn’t come from anywhere, because you know each other: 15 years ago, Cave and his musical partner Warren Ellis contributed the wonderful soundtrack to Dominik’s film “The Assassination of Jesse James”. The 2016 documentary One More Time With Feeling follows, in which Cave introduces his album Skeleton Tree and talks about the loss of his son Arthur – he fell off a cliff in 2015 at the age of 15. Last Monday, Cave announced the next stroke of fate: “It is with great sadness that I can confirm that my son Jethro has died.” His eldest son died at the age of 31. In “This Much I Know To Be True”, which can be seen in selected cinemas from today, Wednesday, this of course doesn’t matter, because the film was shot in spring 2021.