An upcoming documentary about David Bowie has been previewed by a kaleidoscopic official trailer promising a “cinematic odyssey” ahead of the film’s global theatre release in September. Moonage Daydream, directed by Brett Morgen, is the first film to be made with the blessing of Bowie’s family.
The film premiered at Cannes Film Festival in May this year, attracting rave reviews. Narrated by Bowie himself, the film features a stack of never-before-seen archival footage of performances and music, as well as covering the transformative performer’s work in dance, painting, video screenwriting, acting, and more.
The Bowie Estate has been notoriously hesitant to authorize a biopic on the iconic star. But, with Morgen’s original approach to filmmaking that has previously reimagined the documentary format entirely, as with his 2015 film Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the director was entrusted with the monumental responsibility of bringing Bowie’s life’s work to the silver screen. Watch the new trailer below!
‘MOONAGE DAYDREAM’ [Official Trailer]
“David was there to show me it was OK to be myself. That my differences were my strengths,” Morgen said in a statement. “In 1971, that idea was radical. In 2022, it is mainstream. That’s why David Bowie is the perfect star for this moment.”
In a five-star review, The Guardian declared the film to be "a glorious celebratory montage of archive material, live performance footage, Bowie’s own experimental video art and paintings, movie and stage work and interviews with various normcore TV personalities with whom Bowie is unfailingly polite, open and charming."
Moonage Daydream will debut in Australian theatres on September 15th, in line with the US release, before making its way to streaming on HBO Max.
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