David Bowie – Five Years

Documentary | GB 2013 | 60' | OV

Five re-inventions of David Bowie: his rock star phantasy »Ziggy Stardust« in 1971/72; the stay in the US with his personal Soul Explosion »Young Americans« and the psycho trip »Station to Station« in 1974/75; his meeting with Brian Eno and the electro-experiment »Low« as well as the Berlin self-rediscovery »Heroes« in 1976/77; his New Wave anticipation »Scary Monsters« in 1979/80; and his optimistic funkpop parade »Let’s Dance« with its subsequent global march of triumph that was the „Serious Moonlight« tour in 1982/83.With never seen before archive footage – grainy, but bright and colourful and amazingly fresh – and framed by numerous fascinating interviews with close collaborators as well as the man himself, documentary specialist Francis Whatley compiled a rousing narrative for this BBC production. And although even he can’t find the real David Bowie underneath all those disguises (the Spaceman, the Soul Man, the Thin White Duke, the sunnyboy) – probably because the real identity never existed in the first place – he still shows an artist capable of more radical new beginnings than most other stars are even able to release records.

Producer
Francis Whately
Executive Producer
Phil Dolling
Director
Francis Whately
Photography
Louis Caulfield, Richard Numero
Sound
Sean O’Neill, Adam Scourfield
Music
David Bowie
Principal Cast
Camille Paglia, Rick Wakeman, John Harris, Ken Scott, Michael Watts, Ava Cherry, Carlos Alomar, Nelson George, Dennis Davis, Geoff McCormack, Nick Roeg, Earl Slick, Brian Eno, Tony Visconti, Robert Fripp, David Mallet, Jack Hofsiss, Nile Rodgers, Carmine Rojas, Robin Clark (Interviewees)

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Selected filmography Francis Whately

OMNIBUS (2002), HOW ARE WE MADE THE WORLD (2005), SEVEN AGES OF ROCK (2007), THE DUKE AT 90 (2011)