2nd August 2012

ICA to honour David Bowie

Press release from the ICA:

1 August 2012

UK’s first film festival dedicated to the work on screen of legend David Bowie: Bowiefest

Friday 31 August -Sunday 2 September 2012

Legendary rock star David Bowie has been involved in films as long as he has been making music. From Friday 31 August to Sunday 2 September, the ICA will celebrate the best of his celluloid appearances with Bowiefest, 3 days of screenings, talks, and Q&As.

Renowned for consistently remaking his image and assuming alter egos in his music over the last 40 years Bowie has also played a fantastically wide range of characters in his films.

Bowiefest’s Opening Night will include a rare screening of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, D.A. Pennebaker’s epochal behind the scenes documentary and concert film of the last ever Ziggy Stardust concert at the Hammersmith Odeon in 1973. Earlier on Friday 31 August at 1pm, one of the original Spiders from Mars, drummer Woody Woodmansey, will be in conversation with the ICA’s Tom Wilcox as part of the Culture Now series of talks.

Another cult documentary, Cracked Actor, follows an alienated Bowie during the Diamond Dogs tour of America in 1974. The director, Alan Yentob – former Chair of the ICA -will be in conversation with leading UK artist Jeremy Deller about this influential film to close the festival. After watching Cracked Actor, director Nic Roeg realised that he had found the leading man for his forthcoming feature, The Man Who Fell to Earth, a film about a humanoid alien who comes to earth on a mission to take water back to his drought stricken planet. There will be a Q&A with him after the screening of his spectacular film. Another chance to see Bowie performing in concert comes in the film Christiane F, about a young junkie prostitute in Berlin – here, the soundtrack for the film was provided by Bowie too, from his ‘Berlin era’ albums, Low, Heroes, and Lodger.

The 1980s was a busy decade film-wise for David Bowie, living up to his ‘chameleon’ nick-name, playing everything from a goblin king to a vampire lover to a London wide boy and WW2 army major. Bowiefest is pleased to be able to show some of these films, including The Hunger, Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence (which Bowie himself called his ‘most credible performance’), Absolute Beginners and Labyrinth.

Bowiefest will also feature entertainment and DJs in the bar on Friday and Saturday nights. Come dressed as your favourite era Bowie.

Bowiefest is curated by Natasha Dack and Oli Harbottle.



Friday 31 August

TALK – 1pm -Culture Now, Woody Woodmansey in conversation with Tom Wilcox

To coincide with Bowiefest, the first ever Bowie Film Festival celebrating 40 years of David Bowie’s work in film, Culture Now introduces Tom Wilcox in conversation with Woody Woodmansey – drummer from David Bowie’s legendary band the Spiders from Mars in a talk that will explore the artistic processes that created Ziggy Stardust, and assess its cultural impact.

FILM -7pm -Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, directed by D.A. Pennebaker

(Note ticket price: £12 / £10 concessions / £8 ICA Members)


Saturday 1 September

FILM -1pm -Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence, directed by Nagisa Ôshima

FILM -3:15pm -The Man Who Fell to Earth + Q&A with Nicolas Roeg, directed by Nicolas Roeg

(Note ticket price: £12 / £10 concessions / £8 ICA Members)

FILM -6:20pm -Christiane F, directed by Uli Edel

FILM -9pm -The Hunger, directed by Tony Scott


Sunday 2 September

FILM – 1:30pm – Labyrinth, directed by Jim Henson

FILM – 3:30pm -Absolute Beginners, directed by Julien Temple

SPECIAL EVENT – 6.20pm -Alan Yentob in conversation with Jeremy Deller about CRACKED

ACTOR (Note ticket price: £12 / £10 concessions / £8 ICA Members)

A BBC Omnibus documentary, Cracked Actor followed an alienated Bowie during the Diamond Dogs tour of America in 1974. The director Alan Yentob will be in conversation with leading UK artistJeremy Deller about this influential film to close the festival.


Festival information:

Bowiefest is curated by Natasha Dack and Oli Harbottle.

Email info@bowiefest.net or visit www.bowiefest.net

Follow Bowiefest on Twitter @bowiefest


Press information:

For further press information, images and interview requests, please contact:

Naomi Crowther | Press Officer ICA | naomi.crowther@ica.org.uk | 020 7766 1407

Oli Harbottle | Festival Curator | info@bowiefest.net


Member’s Ticket Offer:

Buy tickets to 3 or more Bowiefest screenings for £8 per ticket (excluding Q+As)


Listings information:

Cinema prices £10 / £8 Concessions / £7 ICA Members. Prices vary for special events.

Matinee cinema prices £8 / £6 Concessions / £5 ICA Members.

Tuesday cinema prices £6 / £5 ICA Members.

Booking fees for non ICA Members: £1 per ticket or maximum charge per transaction £2.80.

Book online at www.ica.org.uk Call Box Office 020 7930 3647 Textphone 020 7839 0737

The Institute of Contemporary Arts is supported by Arts Council England


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Editor’s Notes

About the ICA:

The ICA, Institute of Contemporary Arts, is a not-for-profit, multi-disciplinary arts centre established in 1947 by a collective of artists, poets and writers to showcase and champion contemporary culture across the broadest range of art forms. Housing two galleries, two cinemas, a theatre, reading room, bookshop and café/bar, the ICA has been at the forefront of cultural experiment since its formation and has presented some of the most radical exhibitions, artists, films, music and thought to have shaped our world. It exists today as a committed proponent of contemporary arts practice and new ideas, presenting an international and contextualised programme of work in new and experimental frameworks across a variety of platforms.

The Institute of Contemporary Arts is supported by Arts Council England


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