David Bowie documentary to premiere on HBO

IN THE last years of his life, David Bowie ended nearly a decade of silence to engage in an extraordinary burst of activity, producing two groundbreaking albums and a musical.

Exploring this unexpected end to a remarkable career, the illuminating documentary David Bowie: The Last Five Years on July 15, exclusively on HBO (Astro Channel 411 / HD 431) at 9pm. The documentary will also available on HBO On Demand (via Astro GO).

On the 2003-2004 "Reality" tour, David Bowie had a frightening brush with mortality, suffering a heart attack during what was to be his final full concert. He then disappeared from public view, only re-emerging in the last five years of his life to make some of the most important music of his career. 

Made with remarkable access, Francis Whately's documentary is a revelatory follow-up to his acclaimed 2013 documentary David Bowie: Five Years, which chronicled Bowie's golden '70s and early-'80s period.

The Last Five Years focuses on three major projects: the albums The Next Day and the jazz-infused Blackstar (released on Bowie's 69th birthday, two days before his death in 2016), and the musical Lazarus, which was inspired by the character he played in the 1976 film The Man Who Fell to Earth.

The film includes revealing interviews with many of Bowie's closest creative collaborators, including: Tony Visconti, Bowie's longtime producer; musicians who contributed to The Next Day and Blackstar; Jonathan Barnbrook, the graphic designer of both albums; Robert Fox, producer of Lazarus, along with cast members from the show, providing a unique behind-the-scenes look at Bowie's creative process; and Johan Renck, director of Bowie's final music video, Lazarus, which was widely discussed as foreshadowing his death.

The documentary also features excerpts from many of Bowie's biggest hits, including Fame, Rebel Rebel, Heroes and Space Oddity, as well as songs from his last two albums, juxtaposing footage from the music videos The Stars (Are Out Tonight), Blackstar and Lazarus with studio performances by the musicians on the albums.