Musician Nick Knox is likely to the sweetest guy you’ll ever meet. But when you see him on stage – trancelike behind the keyboard, shimmering with dark mana, growling into the microphone – that sweet character you thought you knew slips into a minor key.
In "The Characteristics of C-Minor", Nick talks for the first time about his battles with his own mind. Lucid, revealing interviews, and footage of glittering live performances, build a portrait of a man who transforms his titanic internal struggles through his art.
To those who know Nick now, it comes as a surprise that he spent years of his youth in painful isolation. Cut off from society and family, strangled by a dangerous mix of physical and psychological impediments, this isolation culminated in an incident that changed his life forever.
Nick still carries the scars and aftermath of that metamorphic event. However, the years since the accident have seen him emerge into a truly evolved man: glowing with warmth, intelligence, and love for his creative community.
What comes through strongly in "The Characteristics of C-Minor" is Nick’s ability to be radically vulnerable. This is the driving force for his music. Solitary musical explorations have enabled a real sense of self-discovery and emotional self-knowledge. This deep, new confidence, combined with the widening validation of his community, lets us see a man alive with gratitude and wonder as never before.
Part biopic, part music video, part tribute to Dunedin’s gothic beauty, this affecting film pays witness to the emotional armour of a scarred man, and to the exquisite growl that emerges when he peels it off.