Director: Alan Yentob, UK, 1975. 53 mins.
A BBC Omnibus documentary, Cracked Actor is a 53-minute-long BBC Omnibus documentary about Bowie, filmed at a prolific time in his recording and acting career, during the Diamond Dogs tour of 1974. The documentary depicts a drug-addled and fragile Bowie on tour in Los Angeles, using a mixture of documentary sequences filmed in limousines and hotels, and concert footage. Most of the concert footage was taken from a show at the Los Angeles Universal Amphitheatre on 2 September 1974. There are also excerpts from D.A. Pennebaker’s concert film Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, as well as a few other performances from the tour, and songs include “Space Oddity”, “Cracked Actor”, “Sweet Thing/Candidate”, “Moonage Daydream”, “The Width of a Circle”, “Aladdin Sane”, “Time”, “Diamond Dogs” and “John, I’m Only Dancing (Again)”.
The documentary is cited by Nic Roeg as the reason for him casting Bowie as Thomas Jerome Newton in The Man Who Fell To Earth