The project explores Bowie’s final years
A new documentary detailing David Bowe’s final years is in the works. Titled David Bowie: The Last Five Years, the program is set to air on BBC Two in January 2017, a year since the iconic singer’s death.
Director Francis Whately describes the new project as a follow-up to his BAFTA-award-winning program, David Bowie: Five Years, which aired in 2013.
Francis said about the new venture: “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.
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… ‘ch ch ch changes’ etc.
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.”
Viewers will be treated to unseen archive footage and early interviews that have never been released to the public. The project also features a vocal clip for Lazarus, the artist’s last single scheduled for release before his death.
Channel executive Adam Barker stated: “BBC Two is thrilled to have commissioned this unique documentary chronicling the most recent achievements of one of the most significant figures in the history of music.”
David Bowie died of liver cancer in January 2016, only two days after his 69th birthday. His last album, Blackstar, was also released that same month.