New HBO Doc Explores David Bowie’s “Last Five Years”

Watch the trailer for a film chronicling the late artist’s final projects.

“Look up here, I’m in heaven.”

A teaser trailer has been released for David Bowie: The Last Five Years, a new HBO documentary chronicling the late musician’s final projects.

Bowie died of liver cancer last year at the age of 69, just two days after releasing his critically acclaimed album Blackstar, which explored mortality; his illness had not been revealed to the public until then.

Largely focused on Bowie’s final two albums, Blackstar and The Next Day, the film also covers his musical Lazarus, which he began developing in the midst of his illness.


“With intimate access to Bowie’s friends and artistic collaborators, and a wealth of rare archival material, Francis Whately’s insightful film examines the celebrated artist’s remarkably creative final years,” according to an official synopsis. The trailer also promises bits of wisdom from the man himself.

“In his last five years, Bowie’s most revealing work was yet to come,” reads the trailer’s tagline.

During his influential and genre-bending career, Bowie released 27 studio albums and 111 singles. He was one of the first artists to bring gender and sexual nonconformity to the mainstream.

David Bowie: The Last Five Years premieres January 8, 2018, which would have been his 71st birthday.

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