HBO has acquired the U.S. television rights to a documentary on rock icon David Bowie, focusing on the last five years of his life. Directed and produced by Francis Whately, the U.K. production “David Bowie: The Last Five Years” features rarely seen Bowie interviews, archival footage and audio from the recording sessions for “The Next Day” and “Blackstar.”
“The film spotlights two critically acclaimed albums and the stage musical ‘Lazarus,’ offering new insights into his extraordinary creativity during the final five years of his life,” HBO said in today’s announcement.
“Blackstar,” Bowie’s final album, claimed five trophies at Sunday’s Grammy Awards, winning Best Rock Performance; Best Alternative Music Album; Best Recording Package; Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical; and Best Rock Song.
Said Whately: “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. HBO, whose global output the world admires, is a great channel to get this incredible documentary out to the U.S. fans.”
The announcement adds: “The film includes revealing interviews with, among others, Tony Visconti, Bowie’s longtime producer, musicians who contributed to ‘The Next Day’ and ‘Blackstar,’ Jonathan Barnbrook, the graphic designer of both albums, and Robert Fox, producer of ‘Lazarus,’ along with cast members from the show, providing a unique behind-the-scenes look at Bowie’s creative process.”
“David Bowie: The Last Five Years” is a BBC Films production, which will be presented by HBO Documentary Films.