David Bowie: Finding Fame

David Bowie: Finding Fame
Francis Whately / 2019, UK, 91 min

The untold story of how David Robert Jones became David Bowie, how Bowie became Ziggy Stardust and how Ziggy became immortal.

With remarkable, unheard audio recordings, unseen archive and unpublished documents alongside exclusive interviews with David’s family, girlfriends, lifelong friends and early collaborators, this film shows how his experiences in the 1960s created a blueprint for his entire career. Starting in 1966, when he changed his name to Bowie, the film traces his interest in everything from Bill and Ben, the Flowerpot Men, to Anthony Newley. Highlights include a deconstruction – through the eight-track masters – of Bowie classics including Space Oddity, and the song he wanted to forget, The Laughing Gnome.


31 May
Strelka Institute
10 June
Kosmos Cinema

Francis Whately

Director UK