The BBC has announced the release of a new David Bowie documentary, entitled ‘The First Five Years’.
It is the final film in a trilogy about the artist who died in January 2016 and who is considered to be one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century.
Following on from the 2013 film Five Years (which was about Bowie’s creative peak between ‘Ziggy Stardust’ and the end of his Berlin period), and The Last Five Years (which covered his final work on ‘The Next Day’ and ‘Blackstar‘), the new film will be about Bowie’s pre-fame years.
The trilogy is based on feature-length documentaries produced and directed by Francis Whately.
Recently, a new document has been found in the BBC Archives; the footage was shot after a BBC audition on Tuesday 2 November 1965 with a band called David Bowie and the Lower Third. The material from their audition includes Chim-Chim-Cheree and an original track called Baby That’s A Promise.
In the video, Phil Lancaster, the Lower Third drummer, sees the document for the first time; Bowie is described as having “quite a different sound” and “no personality”, being “not particularly exciting” and who “will not improve with practice”.
Patrick Holland, the BBC Two Controller said: “Francis Whately has already created two stunning films about the transformative chapters in the extraordinary life of David Bowie. This third film completes that trilogy with the most important and surprising period, the first five years. We are delighted to play it in BBC Two.”
The film features exclusive interviews with Kristina Amadeus, Bowie’s first cousin and lifelong-friend, Hermione Farthingale, his former girlfriend and muse, Lindsay Kemp, mime artist and Bowie’s mentor, in his last filmed interview and producer Tony Visconti among many others.
The documentary will air on BBC Two in 2019, while BBC have confirmed that David Bowie’s full Glastonbury 2000 performance will be televised for the first time later this month.
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