he trailer for David Bowie’s new feature-length documentary Moonage Daydream has been released, and it’s an absolute treasure for fans of the iconic musician.
The 140-minute film spanned five years and is the first official film project backed by Bowie’s estate since the singer’s death in January 2016. It was made using thousands of hours of archival footage in 35mm and 16mm, and includes Bowie’s own narration to tie the scenes together. The film will also feature around 40 newly remastered concert tracks – an absolute treat if you love the Brixton-born singer.
“Questions arose such as who is he? What is it? Where did he come from? Is he a creature of a foreign power? Is it a creep? Is it dangerous ? Is he smart? Silly? Kind to his parents? Real? A thread? Mad? Healthy? Male? Women? Robot? What’s that?” a voiceover says in the trailer, as neon lights flash around a silhouette of Bowie as he takes the stage.
“All people, no matter who they are, all wish they had enjoyed life more,” Bowie says over increasingly dramatic music. “It’s what you do for a living that’s important. Not how much time you have. Or what you would have liked to do.
Self-described as “an immersive cinematic experience”, the project was directed, written and produced by Brett Morgen who directed Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck in 2015 and won an Emmy for Jane in 2017, a documentary about primatologist Jane Goodall . Then, as if that weren’t exciting enough, Tony Visconti, Bowie’s longtime producer, would be behind the sound, serving as the film’s score producer.
Fans and publications came out in force to celebrate the new documentary.
“If you like David Bowie, then #MoonageDaydream is the movie event of the year,” Variety said.
“MOONAGE DAYDREAM is spectacular, Brett Morgen was crazy about this one, all the other music docs just retired now,” Ella Kemp, editor of The Quietus, tweeted.
“It’s a joy to see all aspects of Bowie’s art celebrated and to share his embrace of existence: ‘I’m pretty passionate about life.'” added film critic Peter Howell.
The title Moonage Daydream is a nod to Bowie’s song of the same name, released in May 1971, and considered one of his best. In the track, listeners are indirectly introduced to the character of Ziggy Stardust – adapted for the new film, which reintroduces fans to the star’s extraordinary life.
The trailer was released ahead of the film’s Cannes premiere last night. Moonage Daydream will hit theaters in the fall, before heading to HBO and HBO Max in the spring of 2023.