The director unveils a second documentary in the wake of the singer's death.
The final years of David Bowie are to be explored in a brand new BBC Two documentary entitled 'David Bowie: The Last Five Years' next year, to commemorate the first anniversary of the singer's death. It will be released as part of a series of other special BBC tributes.
David Bowie remembered in 'The Last Five Years'
The film will examine the making of his last two albums, 2013's 'The Next Day' and 2016's 'Blackstar', as well as the debut of his musical 'Lazarus' which opened in New York on December 7th 2015 and also marked the legend's final public appearance. 'Lazarus' continued its run by opening in London in October, and will continue to play until January next year.
Directed by Francis Whately who helmed 2013's 'David Bowie: Five Years', the documentary is set to feature a mixture of interviews from the likes of his favourite producer Tony Visconti and the session musicians from his last two albums, plus some never before seen archival footage, as well as a previously unreleased a cappella song from Bowie that was original recorded for the musical.
'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', Whateley said in a statement. '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. 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.'
As well as 'David Bowie: The Last Five Years', BBC Four will broadcast 'Bowie at the BBC', BBC Radio 2 will explore his landmark hit 'Life On Mars' and 6 Music have 'a day of special programming' planned for January 8th, Bowie's birthday.
'David Bowie: The Last Five Years' will air on BBC Two on January 10th 2017.
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