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HBO Acquires David Bowie Documentary 'The Last Five Years'


HBO has won the U.S. television rights to David Bowie: The Last Five Years, the documentary directed and produced by Francis Whately. The doc focuses on the final parts of Bowie's life, from recording albums The Next Day and Blackstar to co-writing the stage musical Lazarus.

Whately also directed the 2013 documentary David Bowie: Five Years, which explored five earlier eras of Bowie's career, from the Ziggy Stardust days to Berlin. The Last Five Years features rarely seen interviews, archival footage, and audio from recording sessions. HBO describes it as “unprecedented access to Bowie’s closest friends and artistic collaborators” and being “a tribute to one of the greatest rock icons of all time.”

“Looking at Bowie’s extraordinary creativity during the last five years of his life has allowed me to re-examine his life’s work and move beyond the simplistic view that his career was simply predicated on change,” said Whately. “HBO, whose global output the world admires, is a great channel to get this incredible documentary out to the U.S. fans.”


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