Bowiefest Opening Night
£12 / £10 concessions / £8 ICA Members
Join us for the Opening Night of the UK’s first ever Bowie Film Festival, celebrating 40 years of David Bowie’s work in film, with a special screening of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars followed by late-night partying to the sounds of the legend’s expansive career.
The July 3, 1973 concert by David Bowie and the Spiders from Mars at London's Hammersmith Odeon Theatre is the subject of this documentary by director D.A. Pennebaker, best known for the earlier rock films Don't Look Back and Monterey Pop. Framed by a smattering of behind-the-scenes footage, the bulk of the film concerns the actual concert, notable as the final time that Bowie would perform under the Ziggy Stardust persona - an announcement that, at the time led many fans to mistakenly believe Bowie was retiring altogether. This 'final' performance features numerous songs from Ziggy Stardust, Hunky Dory, Aladdin Sane and other Bowie albums, including Ziggy Stardust, Moonage Daydream, Changes and Space Oddity as well as a cover of the Velvet Underground's White Light/White Heat.
Join us after the screening in the bar to listen to Bowie music into the night - be sure to come dressed as your favourite Bowie persona!
Director: D A Pennebaker, UK, 1973, 90 mins
Cast: David Bowie, Mick Ronson, Trevor Bolder and Woody Woodmansey
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