David Bowie: The Last Five Years set to premiere January 8, on performer's birthday
HBO is planning to release a new documentary about David Bowie January 8, on what would have been his 71st birthday.
David Bowie: The Last Five Years, directed by Francis Whately, explores the final two albums by the recording artist, as well as his stage musical Lazarus. Bowie's last album, Blackstar, came out on his 69th birthday, just two days before his death from liver cancer.
David Bowie: The Last Five Years presents a nuanced look at the evolution of Bowie’s music as told through archival footage and interviews with the musical legend’s bandmates.
The documentary features interviews with Bowie collaborators including Tony Visconti, Carlos Alomar, and Gail Ann Dorsey. The film held its U.S. premiere at DOC NYC last month.
“I was a childhood fan, so he’s meant a lot to me since I nicked my brother’s album when I was about 10,” Whately said at a Q&A following the DOC NYC screening, according to HBO. “I think it was Aladdin Sane and remember being shocked and excited in equal measure; shocked by the cover and delighted by the music.”
This is the trailer for the documentary, which has racked up more than 36,000 views in less than a day:
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