Absolute Beginners (15)
Director: Julien Temple. UK, 1986. 108mins.
A musical adaptation of Colin MacInnes’ novel about life in late 1950s London, featuring Bowie (who also provided the title track) and Sade, along with a breakthrough role for Patsy Kensit, Julien Temple’s unconventional rock musical divided audiences on its high-profile release but has gone on to acquire cult status.
Director: Uli Edel. Germany, 1981. 138 mins.
Now an established cult movie, featuring Bowie performing in concert and a soundtrack from his ‘Berlin era’ albums (Low, Heroes, Lodger), Christiane F follows the escapades of a 12-year old girl as she gets drawn deeper and deeper into the 1970s drug scene in West Berlin.
Cracked Actor (N/C)
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 Hunger (18)
Director: Tony Scott. UK, 1983. 97 mins.
The directorial debut of Tony Scott, The Hunger is a neo-gothic horror telling story of a love triangle between a doctor (Susan Sarandon) who specializes in sleep and ageing research and a vampire couple, played by Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie).
Perhaps Bowie’s most famous role, not least due to his famous cod-piece, Labyrinth is a fantasy film directed by Jim Henson, and featuring a cast played by puppets from his Creature Shop, which revolves around the quest of teenage Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) to reach the centre of an enormous otherworldly maze to rescue her infant brother Toby, who has been kidnapped by Bowie’s Jareth, the Goblin King. Labyrinth is a fantasy film directed by Jim Henson, and featuring a cast played by puppet
Director: Nicolas Roeg. UK, 1976. 139 mins.
Nic Roeg’s sci-fi classic starring David Bowie, Rip Torn and Candy Clark in an adaptation of Walter Tevis’ novel about an alien who comes to Earth seeking a solution to his home planet’s woes, only to find himself lost in an unfamiliar, corrupt and sometimes hostile society.
Director: Nagisa Ôshima. UK/Japan, 1983. 123 mins.
Starring Tom Conti and Takeshi Kitano alongside Bowie in what he called his ‘most credible performance’, Ôshima’s 1983 Cannes Palme D’Or entry deals with the relationships among four men in a Japanese prisoner of war camp during the Second World War.
Director: D.A. Pennebaker, USA, 1973. 90 mins.
The July 3, 1973 concert by David Bowie and the Spiders from Mars at London’s Hammersmith Odeon Theatre is the subject of this documentary by director D.A. Pennebaker, best known for the earlier rock films Don’t Look Back and Monterey Pop.