BFI Southbank today announce BOWIE: STARMAN AND THE SILVER SCREEN, a month-long season celebrating actor and performer David Bowie, 5 years since his death. Originally planned for January 2021, and now postponed to a slightly later date in 2021 (month to be confirmed soon), the season’s mixture of feature films, television and documentaries will show that, whether a bit-part, starring role, or being just himself, David Bowie was always magnetic on screen. Films screening in the season will include THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH (Nicolas Roeg, 1976), MERRY CHRISTMAS MR. LAWRENCE (Nagisa Ôshima, 1983) CHRISTIANE F. (Uli Edel, 1981), THE HUNGER (Tony Scott, 1983) and LABYRINTH (Jim Henson, 1986), while documentaries, concert films and TV work will include ZIGGY STARDUST & THE SPIDERS FROM MARS (DA Pennebaker, 1979), BAAL (Alan Clarke, 1982), BOWIE AT GLASTONBURY 2000 (BBC, 2000) and a collection of rare TV material from the BFI National Archive.
As a composer, innovator and concept artist, Bowie’s fascination for film fed an insatiable creative drive which the season will also explore, via a selection of titles that influenced him. HOOKED TO THE SILVER SCREEN: BOWIE AT THE MOVIES will feature a range of titles, from 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (Stanley Kubrick, 1968) and THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (Robert Wiene, 1920) to QUERELLE (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1982) and TAXI DRIVER (Martin Scorsese, 1976). The season will also include special events at BFI Southbank and online via BFI YouTube; a highlight of the events programme will be the return of BUG with comedian Adam Buxton. Bowie’s engagement with film, theatre and design forged his high-concept approach to pop stardom and supercharged the evolution of music video; BUG Special: David Bowie will be a fan’s journey through the career of an artist whose influence on modern popular culture will continue to be felt for decades, featuring music videos, rare clips, animation and comedy. The full online events programme will be announced soon.
Some key Bowie titles, including THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH (Nicolas Roeg, 1976) and THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST (Martin Scorsese, 1988), and a number of the films from HOOKED TO THE SILVER SCREEN series will also be available for audiences across the UK to watch on BFI Player throughout the season as well. It can be hard to look beyond Bowie ‘the star’ to appreciate the characters he portrayed, but five years on from his passing, Bowie’s star still sparkles brightly.