Bowiefest – a weekend of David Bowie on the big screen at the ICA
Love David Bowie? In that case, you might want to make some space in your diary between Friday 31st August to Sunday 2nd September, when the ICA hosts Bowiefest.
It’s actually better than the name suggests, with the three-day event celebrating the best of Bowie’s celluloid appearances with screenings, talks, and Q&As.
The opening night sees a rare (big) screening of D.A. Pennebaker’s Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, the concert film of the last ever Ziggy Stardust concert at the Hammersmith Odeon in 1973. That same days also hosts Spiders From Mars drummer Woody Woodmansey, who will be in conversation with the ICA’s Tom Wilcox.
Also showing is cult documentary Cracked Actor, The Man Who Fell to Earth (with Nic Roeg Q&A), iconic Berlin movie Christiane F, The Hunger, Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence, Absolute Beginners and Labyrinth, some accompanied by Q&As, along with night-time entertainment and DJs at the venue.
Full programme below:
Friday 31st 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 1st 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 2nd 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 artist Jeremy Deller about this influential film to close the festival.
You can find out more at the website.