David Bowie is widely recognised as one of the most daring and innovative performers of the 20th century, boasting both critical and commercial success since his early days in the 1960s and influencing popular culture ever since.
After a 10 year hiatus, Bowie has released a new single and a new album, and the first international retrospective of Bowie’s career has opened in London.
With unique access to David Bowie’s personal archive of costumes, set designs, lyrics and memorabilia, this program explores five seminal years across Bowie’s extensive career, with each year illustrating not only the source of his inspiration, but also where those ideas led him. The film starts in 1971 and the creation of Ziggy Stardust; moves on to 1975, the year of the Young Americans and the Thin White Duke; 1977 and the release of Low and Heroes; 1980, the year of Ashes to Ashes, one of the most iconic songs of the decade; and 1983, the year Bowie went commercial with the release of Let’s Dance.
This film offers a unique opportunity to explore Bowie’s work and creative vision and shows Bowie not just as the rock star chameleon, but also as an artist drawing on rich and diverse cultural influences.
8:30pm Wednesday, 24 July ABC2.