The last five years of the life of David Bowie will be explored in a BBC documentary, to be broadcast to coincide with the first anniversary of his death on the 8th January 2017.
It will be directed by Francis Whately as a follow-up to his acclaimed 2013 documentary, David Bowie: Five Years, which the Record Press author saw recently and thoroughly enjoyed.
The BBC Two documentary will be part of a BBC season marking the anniversary of David Bowie’s death from cancer in January 2016. An unreleased a capella vocal David Bowie recorded for Lazarus will form part of the film, called David Bowie: The Last Five Years.
Among the contributors are David Bowie’s long-time producer Tony Visconti and the musicians who played on The Next Day and Blackstar, who will recreate some of the star’s final studio sessions.
Francis Whately explains: “I always hoped that I would make another film about Bowie as we were only able to scratch the surface in the first film, but I just didn’t expect it to be this soon. However, looking at Bowie’s extraordinary creativity during the last five years of his life has allowed me to re-examine his life’s work and move beyond the simplistic view that his career was simply predicated on change – Bowie the chameleon. Instead, I would like to show how the changes were often superficial, but the core themes in his work were entirely consistent – alienation, mortality and fame.”
The season will also see BBC Four broadcasting Bowie at the BBC, a compilation of rarely-seen archive of the star’s performances and interviews at the BBC, spanning more than 40 years. Radio 2 will dedicate an entire documentary to the star’s seminal hit Life On Mars, while 6 Music will mark what would have been the 70th birthday of on Sunday 8th January with a day of special programming.
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