Nick Cave is set to play English author H.G Wells in the upcoming film The Electrical Life of Louis Wain.
In the latest issue of The Red Hand Files, the singer speaks about his new role in response to a fans question.
“I just saw ‘The Electrical Life of Louis Wain’ at a local film festival and was pleasantly surprised when you made an appearance,” one fan wrote. “What attracted you: did you know the life and work of Louis Wain or was it the fact you were playing H.G Wells that made you want to take on the part?”
“In Melbourne, back in the late 70s, my friend, the artist Tony Clark, showed me a book of Louis Wain paintings,” he responds, “for those who don’t know, Louis Wain was an Edwardian artist who painted anthropomorphised — or humanised — cats.”
“His art has a visionary intensity that is uniquely his own, and the book, quite simply, blew my mind. I fast became a Wain disciple.”
“I happily accepted the role of the writer H. G. Wells in the movie, ‘The Electrical Life of Louis Wain’, not just because of my long and abiding love of Louis Wain, but because the script was good, the role was relatively unchallenging, and I didn’t have to cut my hair like H.G. Wells.”
“It is a beautiful, heartfelt hallucination of a film about a most singular and extraordinary man. I highly recommend it.”
The film is set to be released on November 5 on Amazon Prime Video.
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