The first trailer for the highly anticipated David Bowie documentary, Moonage Daydream was released by Neon and Universal Pictures earlier this week. Written and directed by Brett Morgen (who is known for his work on Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck), the film is described as an immersive cinematic experience. The project has been sanctioned by the singer’s estate which gave the director unfiltered access to all the musician’s personal archives, as well as his legendary master recordings.
Moonage Daydream premiered during a Midnight Screenings section of the 75th Cannes Film Festival and will arrive in theaters in September. The trailer features some never-before-seen footage of David Bowie emerging on stage during the Ziggy Stardust era. His voice later recites a passage from 1998’s Mr. Rice’s Secret, a film in which he starred. “All people, no matter who they are, they all wish they’d appreciated life more,” he says in a somber tone. “It’s what you do in life that’s important, not how much time you have. Or what you wish you’d done.”
Check out the first trailer for David Bowie’s Moonage Daydream below.
According to Deadline, the documentary/film was made over five years. It serves to illuminate not only the life of David Bowie but also his incomparable genius. Throughout his career, the English-born star worked across several creative disciplines. While his music and films earned the most attention, he also explored other art forms like dance, painting, sculpture, video and audio collage, screenwriting, and live theatre. Now, the motion picture will reveal the icon through his own voice, along with 48 of his greatest musical hits and previously unseen concert footage.
Over the years, David Bowie redefined musical genres and pushed the boundaries of what live performances could be for generations of music fans. The icon’s body of work, influence on the realm of music, art, fashion, film, theatre, and beyond, as well as his legacy of innovation and reinvention, will live forever. Bowie’s 28th and final studio album, Blackstar was released on his 69th birthday, January 8, 2016. He dies two days after its release.
Meanwhile, it wasn’t just David Bowie’s music that is making an appearance at Cannes this year. The Baz Luhrmann-directed Elvis biopic will also premiere at the film festival this week. The popular Australian filmmaker co-wrote the screenplay with Sam Bromell, Craig Pearce, and Jeremy Doner, from a story he conceived with Doner. The film stars newcomer Austin Butler in the lead role, with Tom Hanks as his infamous manager, Colonel Tom Parker.
Unlike the David Bowie documentary, the Elvis movie is only inspired by actual events. It follows the life and career of Elvis Presley while examining the complex relationship between the musician and his manager Colonel Tom Parker. Luke Bracey, David Wenham, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Kodi Smit-McPhee, Gary Clark Jr., and Richard Roxburgh also appear in supporting roles. The movie will be theatrically released in Australia on June 23rd by Universal Pictures. It will hit U.S screens a day later on June 24th, with Warner Bros. Pictures releasing.