HBO Canada presents a powerful and poignant portrait of one of the most defining artists in music history, the inimitable David Bowie. Directed and produced by Francis Whately, director of the 2013 documentary David Bowie: Five Years, David Bowie: The Last Five Years is an in-depth exploration of the pivotal moments and works of his final years, including albums The Next Day and Blackstar and his play Lazarus.
Featuring a wealth of unseen and rare archival footage, the film demonstrates how in his final five years, Bowie not only began producing music again but returned to the fundamental and defining themes of his career: spirituality, alienation, and fame. The documentary includes interviews with every key member of the Next Day band, members of the Blackstar band, those who worked with him on Lazarus, and old friends and colleagues, who all explore how the work of the last five years relates to Bowie’s back catalogue including how Major Tom reflected in Blackstar, “Diamond Dogs” in the play Lazarus, and “Fame” in the song “The Stars (Are out Tonight)”.
Following its premiere, the documentary is available on TMN GO and HBO Canada OnDemand. Following its broadcast run, David Bowie: The Last Five Years will stream on CraveTV, joining a robust lineup of music documentaries that includes The Rolling Stones Ole Ole Ole: A Trip Across Latin America, Spike Lee’s Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown To Off The Wall, and Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck.
David Bowie: The Last Five Years is a BBC Studios production. The 90-min documentary premieres for the first time in North America, Sunday, July 2nd at 9:15pm on HBO Canada.