BBC2 to air feature-length David Bowie doc

With the iconic singer releasing his first album in a decade this March, David Bowie - Five Years (w/t) will focus on five critical years of his career, and boasts a wealth of unseen archive and interviews.
February 13, 2013

As iconic singer David Bowie prepares to release his first album in a decade this March, BBC2 is prepping a feature-length doc on the rock legend, David Bowie – Five Years (w/t), set to air in May.

The documentary, directed by Francis Whately (Soul Deep: The Story of Black Popular Music), will look at five critical years of Bowie’s career – 1971, 1975, 1977, 1980 and 1983 – while also moving to the present day, and the process behind his upcoming album, The Next Day.

According to the BBC, the film will feature previously unseen archive footage as well as interviews with the performer’s close collaborators and “rare audio recordings of Bowie at his most intimate and revealing.”

Existing as a complement to the upcoming major David Bowie exhibition at London’s Victoria & Albert (V&A) Museum, the film shares “unprecedented” access to the David Bowie Archive, and will also feature “extraordinary unseen footage” of the musician in the studio, on tour, and behind the scenes, as well as previously unaired interviews.

“I’m thrilled to be bringing this film to BBC2,” said Janice Hadlow, controller of BBC2, in a statement. “David Bowie – Five Years promises to be a revealing look at the life and career of one of the modern era’s most influential and innovative performers.”

“David Bowie is one of the most important international music stars of the past 50 years,” added Jan Younghusband, commissioning editor, music and events. “His impact on the music industry around the globe is exceptional. The never-before-seen footage in this program will provide a fascinating insight into the world of this very private person.”

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