CMA Awards 2018

David Bowie Talks Creativity in Trailer for HBO Documentary 'The Last Five Years': Premiere

Jimmy King
David Bowie

David Bowie, who died nearly two years ago on Jan. 10, 2016, spent his last several years awash in creativity. 

That fertile period is captured in HBO’s new documentary, David Bowie: The Last Five Years, which premieres Jan. 8, on what would have been the icon’s 71st birthday. During that stretch, Bowie released two albums, The Next Day and Blackstar, as well as oversaw his stage musical, Lazarus. HBO acquired the U.S. rights to the documentary from the BBC. 

The documentary’s trailer, premiering simultaneously on Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter, reveals Bowie’s thought process toward creating:  “Always go a little further into the water than you feel you’re capable of being in and when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re just about in the right place to do something exciting,” he says. 

in addition to Bowie, the film, which premiered at DOC NYC in November, includes interviews with his longtime producer and friend, Tony Visconti, as well as band mates Earl Slick, Gail Ann Dorsey Carlos Alomar and more. 

David Bowie: The Last Five Years, directed and produced by Francis Whately, follows Whately’s 2013 documentary, David Bowie: Five Years, which, in addition from taking its title from the opening song on Bowie’s 1972 classic, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, covered Bowie’s career from 1970 to 1975.