The long-awaited biopic about David Bowie, Stardust, directed by former documentarian, Gabriel Range, was to be previewed at the Tribeca Film Festival this week, but the 2020 edition of the festival has been postponed because of some sort of virus pandemic. It was supposed to have been running now through April 26 throughout New York City, and, for the first time ever, in New Jersey. This year the festival’s feature program included 124 films from 33 different countries, including 95 world premieres, including Stardust.
The biopic focuses on 1971, the year when 24-year-old Bowie, starts his first tour in the United States. What follows are the events that led to the creation of Bowie’s alter ego character of Ziggy Stardust, whose story is at the essence of the album The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (1972).
The preview clip shows Bowie, played by Johnny Flynn (Emma, Clouds Of Sils Maria ), discussing his future in America and raising his doubts about his album The Man Who Sold the World, to Ron Oberman, publicist for Mercury Records, played by the indispensable Marc Maron. Not shown is Jena Malone (The Hunger Games) as the first Mrs. Bowie, Angie (Mary Angela Barnett).
Flynn as Bowie asks Oberman:
“A rock star or somebody impersonating a rock star, what’s the difference?”
I hope this movie will convey Bowie’s skill at constantly reinventing his image and his musical identity. I also wish that it will avoid an overly linear chronological reconstruction with something more, well, Bowiesque.
Flynn also stars as Dickie Greenleaf in Showtime‘s new series Ripley, starring out actor Andrew Scott. Ripley is based on gay writer Patricia Highsmith’s bestselling quintet of Tom Ripley novels.
Who knows when we will see Stardust. Perhaps it will be available soon as a rental on a streaming service. Will we have cinemas again?