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David Bowie documentary Five Years confirmed by BBC

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Story by Jack Foley

THE BBC has confirmed the details of Five Years, a feature length film charting the career of pop icon David Bowie.

Directed by Francis Whately, David Bowie – Five Years will look back at five key years in the singer’s career – 1971, 1975, 1977, 1980 and 1983 – before also examining his recent surprise comeback with forthcoming new album The Next Day.

It will boast unseen archive footage, interviews with his closest collaborators and six key musicians who played on his new record and will feature unseen footage of the singer in the studio, on tour and behind-the-scenes, as well as previously unheard interviews.

BBC Two controller Janice Hadlow said: “I’m thrilled to be bringing this film to BBC Two. David Bowie – Five Years promises to be a revealing look at the life and career of one of the modern era’s most influential and innovative performers.”

DirectorWhately added: “This is a project that has been in development for more than a decade, in fact since Bowie and I worked together in 2001 on a film for the BBC Omnibus strand.

“This year, 2013, is shaping up to be the year of David Bowie, and now is the perfect moment for this feature-length film devoted to this extraordinary artist.”

The feature will air in May and form part of a series of events timed to coincide with Bowie’s 50th anniversary.

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