Film

Idiot Prayer: Nick Cave Alone at Alexandra Palace 12A

Thu 5 Nov, 7.30pm


"★★★★★ – utterly magnetic" – Observer


"★★★★ – If this is the gig of the future, Cave is the man to show us how it’s done" Independent


"★★★★ – Beautiful" – Guardian


Idiot Prayer: Nick Cave Alone at Alexandra Palace sees Nick Cave play his songs at the piano in a rarely seen stripped back form, from early Bad Seeds and Grinderman, right through to the most recent Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds album, Ghosteen.


The film features tracks including 'Into My Arms', 'The Mercy Seat', 'Higgs Boson Blues' and 'Girl In Amber'. Recorded in June 2020 and initially imagined as an online-only event, fans will now be able to watch the film in cinemas as an extended cut featuring four unseen performances.


Recorded as the UK slowly emerged from lockdown and conceived as a reaction to the confinement and isolation of the preceding months, Idiot Prayer is a souvenir from a strange and precarious moment in history.


The performance was filmed by award-winning cinematographer Robbie Ryan (The Favourite, Marriage Story, American Honey) in Alexandra Palace’s stunning West Hall, with editing by Nick Emerson (Lady Macbeth, Emma, Greta) and music recorded by Dom Monks.


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