BBC film documentary made by the same team behind the excellent David Bowie: The Last Five Years. This documentary traces Bowie’s early life from childhood through to his involvement in various bands in the 1960s to his nascent solo career and eventual commercial success. The film ends in 1973 when Bowie retires Ziggy Stardust. Featuring interviews with family members, friends and colleagues, including Rick Wakeman, Earl Slick, Tony Visconti, Carlos Alomar, Lindsay Kemp, Dana Gillespie and Gus Dudgeon. Includes previously unseen performance footage and unheard recordings
With remarkable, unheard audio recordings, unseen archive and unpublished documents alongside exclusive interviews with David’s family, girlfriends, lifelong friends and early collaborators, this film shows how his experiences in the 1960s created a blueprint for his entire career.Starting in 1966, when he changed his name to Bowie, the film traces his interest in everything from Bill and Ben, the Flowerpot Men, to Anthony Newley. Highlights include a deconstruction – through the eight-track masters – of Bowie classics including Space Oddity, and the song he wanted to forget, The Laughing Gnome.Contributors include Bowie’s first cousin and lifelong friend Kristina Amadeus, and his former girlfriend and muse Hermione Farthingale – neither of whom have been filmed talking about him before; the late Lindsay Kemp, in his last filmed interview; former girlfriend Dana Gillespie; lifelong friends Geoff MacCormak and George Underwood; producers Mike Vernon, Tony Visconti and Tony Hatch; and Woody Woodmansey, the last remaining Spider From Mars.
Directed and produced by Francis Whately, this is the last part of his award-winning and acclaimed David Bowie Trilogy – David Bowie: Five Years, David Bowie: The Last Five Years and now David Bowie: Finding Fame.