Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders from Mars
DA Pennebaker captures the legendary concert that marked the end of Ziggy.
UK 1979. 90min
Courtesy of DCD Rights Ltd and Jones Music / Mainman 1973
DA Pennebaker had only vaguely heard of David Bowie when he was commissioned by RCA Columbia to shoot a 30-minute film of the star live at Hammersmith Apollo. The direct cinema pioneer set about capturing vérité material backstage to mix with the three-camera concert footage. When Bowie stunned the audience – and his own band – by announcing live on stage it would be the last ever Ziggy show, all the ingredients fell into place for a truly remarkable concert film.
Screening with Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders from Mars on Sunday 9 January only:
+ Inside Cinema: David Bowie
Little Dot Studios-BBC 2021. 6min
A short video essay exploring Bowie’s fascination with the silver screen.