David Bowie: Finding Fame

Director Francis Whately
United Kingdom / 91 min. / 2019 / English


Bowie's early period, from 1962 until the "death" of his alter ego Ziggy Stardust. Mod groups, mime, commedia dellarte, psychedelia and music halls: the experiences that would forge the personality of a global icon.
What can be revealed about Bowie that hasn't been said a thousand times already? Well, his long and laborious road to success. Years of training and learning, from his first steps in 1962 at weddings and scout meetings until 1973, when he staged the live death of Ziggy Stardust. A time around which other documentaries tiptoe. In this BBC production, we see how Bowie works piece by piece to make his way into the world of music, competing with the Beatles, making and breaking bands and embarking on a long list of trials / errors that end up taking him to the top. His early passage through several mod groups that never nailed the dream hit, the ups and downs of his solo career with influences from folk, commedia dellarte, mime, psychedelic fever and music halls, and his consolidation in 1969 with Space Oddity. Everything is revealed here in an agile and orderly way from archival material (part of which is unreleased), interviews with musicians, artists and romantic partners who crossed his path during those years, as well as Bowie's own voiceover. What’s more, besides his cold and dark family life, we also get a psychological reading of Brixton's genius who as an adolescent was all ambition.
The section Etnia Barcelona presents The Look will include a free pass of David Bowie: Finding Fame on October 25th at 21:30h in Barcelona and October 31st at 19:00h in Madrid.
How to get your ticket?
All those who have a Festival voucher (bought before midnight from 7th to 8th October), can get their tickets exclusively on 8 October, from 12:00h (they will receive an email with instructions). For those who do not have a festival voucher, the remaining tickets will be available from 9th October at 12:00 on the festival website. Tickets are subject to availability and seating capacity.
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Etnia Barcelona presents The Look

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David Bowie, Phil Lancaster, Denis Taylor, Tony Hatch, Geoff MacGormack, George Underwood, John Hutchinson, Dana Gillespie, Mark Plati, Earl Slick, Gail Ann Dorsey, Del Roll, Butch Davis, Kenneth Pitt, Lindsay Kemp, Rick Wakeman, Tony Visconti, Bob Harris, Ray Stevenson, Mike Garson, Mick Woodmansey

Ged Murphy

Louis Caulfield, Richard Numeroff

Francis Whately

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