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Danny Boyle screens David Bowie


Musicians-turned-actors – is there anything worse? (Except perhaps musicians-turned-actors, ugggh). Even Bowie, who seemed to be a success at anything he turned his hand to (and actually had some drama training) generally made awful films. But director Nicholas Roeg had a history of getting rock stars to play extreme versions of themselves (and Jagger would never act as convincingly again as he did in Performance) so when he was looking for an alien presence to play the title character from Walter Tevis’s novel The Man Who Fell To Earth a chance glimpse of Bowie’s on a BBC doc he knew he had his man. It’s an unsettling, paranoid film, as much mute political allegory as sci-fi but it never looks less than gorgeous and the stilted acting adds to, rather than detracting from, the oddness of the vision. To mark the 40th anniversary of this classic The Picturehouse is showing a spanking new 4K restoration and have only got the great Danny Boyle in to introduce it (and DJs Readers’ Wives will be playing a Bowie themed set afterwards).

Where: Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare Street,  E8 1HE

Travel: Hackney Central train

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