David Bowie Is

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David Bowie Is

Venue Raffertys Theatre
Dates 22 November - 29 November 2014

A documentary tour of the ground-breaking exhibition

A documentary film of the groundbreaking David Bowie is exhibition created by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A). Described by The Times as “stylish & outrageous” and The Guardian as “a triumph”, the exhibition features a remarkable collection of photographs, stage costumes, and other rare possessions from the David Bowie Archive. The exhibition was the fastest selling in the V&A’s history and is now on a global tour that has already travelled to Toronto, Sao Paulo, and Berlin to international acclaim, opening next at the MCA in Chicago until January 4 2015.

The film takes the audience on an extraordinary journey through the David Bowie is exhibition with special guests including legendary Japanese fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto, Pulp front-man Jarvis Cocker, and other collaborators, to explore the stories behind some of the key objects that document Bowie’s artistic career. The exhibition curators, Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh, provide fascinating insight into the most memorable music videos and original costumes, as well as more personal items such as never-before-seen handwritten lyrics, album cover artwork, set designs and diary entries, which reveal the creativity and evolution of Bowie’s ideas.

The documentary was filmed on the closing night of the V&A exhibition in London and directed by  Hamish Hamilton, the BAFTA winning director of the Academy Awards and the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The exhibition has 100% sold out everywhere it has travelled around the globe.

As announced to press today, the exhibition itself will be coming exclusively to the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne, July 2015.

Classification: E – Exempt from Classification
Distributor: Sharmill Films

Dates & Times:
Saturday 22 November 1pm
Saturday 29 November 5pm

N.B. This is a screening of the blockbuster exhibition from the Victoria & Albert Museum, London


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Video: Jonathan Barnbrook – David Bowie is
On Tuesday 8 January 2013, the world awoke to the news that David Bowie was releasing a new album following a decade-long hiatus. Graphic designer Jonathan Barnbrook talks to ‘David Bowie is’ exhibition co-curator Victoria Broackes about his work on the album cover and the secrecy that surrounded it. The film also includes Barnbrook’s thoughts on his design for the cover of Bowie’s 2002 album, Heathen.

Video: David Bowie is blowing our minds
‘David Bowie is’ opened at the V&A to an extraordinary public and critical reception. To get an understanding of how David Bowie has become among the most influential pop stars of his generation, we sought insights from musician Thurston Moore, artist Jeremy Deller, music journalist Simon Price, dedicated Bowie fan Ziggy Jacobs and artist Daphne Guinness. Between them they trace Bowie’s career from the 1960s, and take a close look at his approaches to the creation of music, image and performance.

Video: David Bowie is One of Us
The V&A, University of the Arts London and David Bowie’s former school Ravens Wood School have been working together on a film since January 2013. This interdisciplinary project engaged students in David Bowie’s music, performance and art and imagined his influence on present day students at the school.

Video: David Bowie Weekender
The V&A celebrated all things Bowie with a weekend of events including talks, films, music, workshops, special activities and themed events for all ages. Guests listened to Bowie classics being performed in the cafe, experienced walking down the red carpet and watched Jeremy Reed performing his latest poetry. Legendary rock journalist Paul Morley wrote a book about David Bowie over the course of the weekend. Urban artist Pistol created three specially-commissioned canvases and Central Saint Martins MA student Sarah Fortais, known for her interactive sculpture projects and strong Bowie influence filled a wall with Post-It notes of visitors thoughts and memories about Bowie which created an image of the cover of the Aladdin Sane album.

Guests had their photographs taken alongside life-size Bowie cutouts, were transformed into Bowie with facepaints and costume making, took part in a Bowie quiz and listened to various talks by the exhibition curators and by rock and roll journalists Charles Shaar Murray and Barry Miles. There were Kabuki theatre and mime performances and DJ’s playing sets throughout the weekend as well as screenings of Bowie films.

★★★★★ – “Illuminating – a triumph.” – THE GUARDIAN

★★★★★ –“Thought-Provoking.” – THE TELEGRAPH

★★★★ –“Stylish & Outrageous.” – THE TIMES


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Approximately 100 minutes

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Adult $20
Concession $18
F/T Student $15
Child 16&U $15

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