• Director

    Julien Temple

  • With

    Eddie O’Connell, Patsy Kensit, David Bowie, James Fox

  • UK 1986. 108min

  • Digital

  • Certificate


Julien Temple’s brave yet doomed reboot of the British movie musical for the MTV generation comes on like West Side Story on speed. Its tale of young lovers divided – set against a backdrop of generational conflict, gentrification and white supremacy in 1950s London – is a riot of day-glo production design and anarchic energy. Bowie’s ad man Vendice Partners gets a memorable number, dancing atop a spinning globe and an over-sized type-writer. But it’s his chart-topping title theme that steals the show.

Screening with Absolute Beginners on Friday 14 January only:

+ Inside Cinema: David Bowie

Little Dot Studios-BBC 2021. 6min

A short video essay exploring Bowie’s fascination with the silver screen, by BFI season programmer Rhidian Davis.