The BBC have announced a new documentary focussing on the last five years of David Bowie’s life featuring previously unheard recordings
David Bowie’s final years will be documented in a new documentary from the BBC. David Bowie: The Last Five Years will be made up of unseen footage and interviews and will revolve around Bowie’s final albums The Next Day and Blackstar, and the stage musical Lazarus, which opened earlier this year in London. It also features a previously unheard a cappella performance for Lazarus which Bowie made before his death.
The film’s producer and director Francis Whately previously helmed the Bowie doc David Bowie: Five Years and has said the he is glad to be able to follow up his previous film “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,” He says. “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.” Adding. “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.”
David Bowie: The Last Five Years airs in January 2017 as part of a season marking the one year anniversary of Bowie’s death. Check out a clip of the documentary in the player below.