The first trailer for the eagerly anticipated David Bowie: The Last Five Years has finally arrived, bringing with it the reassurance that the icon can still stun his audience almost two years after his death.
HBO’s documentary is a deeply touching piece which captures Bowie’s final years of artistic expression. Years during which it’s revealed in the trailer, “he was fighting death and wanted to continue and continue.” Despite this and in typical Bowie style, the star refused to leave without giving his fans one last wonderfully unique creation. A creation the trailer claims is the icons “most revealing piece yet”.
The Last Five Years will zone in on the artist’s final two albums, The Next Day and Blackstar, as well as his stage musical Lazarus. It also includes interviews with some of his closest friends and collaborators, from Tony Visconti to Gail Ann Dorsey, Catherine Russel, Maria Schneider and Robert Fox. The doc also includes words from the icon himself. The trailer opens with Bowie’s emotive final single “Lazarus” setting the bar for what we can expect to be a look into the most intimate moments of his final years.
With David’s voice drawing the trailer to an end by reminding us to “Always go a little further into the water than you feel you’re capable of being in. And when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom; you’re just about in the right place to do something exciting.” We can be certain that the icons inspiration and legacy will live on for years to come.
The documentary is set to premiere on January 8 via HBO, on what would have been the stars 71st birthday.