A Bowie Feast of Film

Labyrinth, 1986. Courtesy of Bowiefest

“I’m an instant star. Just add water and stir,” claims David Bowie, the British legend of a musician, actor, producer and painter. He is a star, that’s for sure as his filmography that spans from outlandish cult classic Labyrinth to art biopic Basquiat and gloomy teenage movie Christiane F – Wir Kinder Vom Bahnhof Zoo proves.

To celebrate the year of his 65th birthday and the 40th anniversary of the seminal album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars the ICA London is hosting the first ever UK film festival dedicated to the work of David Bowie. Known for his alter egos in his music he also knew no barriers in his wide range of film characters and the festival will celebrate this along with his cinematic influence with screenings, talks and Q&As.

The opening night (31.8) kicks of with a special screening of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars followed by late-night partying to the sounds of the legend’s expansive career. To coincide with Bowiefest, Culture Now introduces Tom Wilcox in conversation with Woody Woodmansey – drummer from Bowie’s legendary band the Spiders from Mars – a talk exploring the artistic process behind the creation of Ziggy Stardust and its cultural impact.

The schedule includes Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, what Bowie calls his “most credible performance”, Nic Roeg’s sci-fi classic The Man Who Fell to Earth with a director’s Q&A, neo-gothic horror flick The Hunger and the BBC Omnibus documentary Cracked Actor, which followed Bowie on his 1974 America tour. Afterwards a conversation between the movie’s director Alan Yentob and leading UK artist Jeremy Deller will wrap up the Bowiefest.

ICA London
August 31 – September 2 2012

Text by Grashina Gabelmann


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