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Bowiefest London

When
31 August 2012 -
02 September 2012

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Where
Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)

Nearest Tube
Charing Cross

Cost
£7.00 - £10.00

Age Restrictions
Film certificates vary

Taking over the ICA for three days of screenings, talks and special events, Bowiefest London celebrates the work on screen of the legendary David Bowie. The film festival takes place in the same year that Bowie celebrates his 65th birthday and also marks the 40th anniversary of the hugely influential concept album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.

Unique festival
The first such festival of its kind in the UK, Bowiefest London celebrates a frequently overlooked aspect of Bowie's long career, namely his appearances on both the cinema and television screen. From Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane to the Thin White Duke, Bowie's many stage personas and alter-egos are well documented, but the musician has also portrayed a huge range of characters for film, too.

Films and more
With screenings at the heart of Bowiefest, London film fans can look forward to a range of well known titles being shown at the ICA over the weekend. Other special events taking place during the festival include DJ sets and entertainment in the bar, as well as the spectacle of fans dressed up as their favourite Bowie era - join in all the fun by digging out the red hair dye, face paint and platform boots.

Opening night
The opening night for the inaugural Bowiefest London event sees a special screening of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars, followed by DJ sets celebrating the star's decades of music making. The following day sees a screening of Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, featuring the performance which Bowie credits with being the most credible of his acting career.

The Man Who Fell to Earth
Other features being shown as part of the David Bowie film festival include The Man Who Fell to Earth, Nic Roeg's sci fi cult hit about an alien who visits Earth, only to find himself lost in a confusing and corrupting society. Director Nic Roeg will be making a special appearance after the screening.

Festival highlights
Film fans can also watch The Hunger, starring Bowie, Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon in a 1980s neo-gothic horror story about a love triangle that develops between a sleep and anti-ageing doctor, and a vampire couple. Yet more '80s nostalgia comes courtesy of the Labyrinth screening, while the festival closes with a conversation between Alan Yentob and the artist Jeremy Deller, in which the former talks about the making of his influential David Bowie documentary, Cracked Actor.

The Bowiefest London film festival takes place at the ICA from Friday 31st August - Sunday 2nd September 2012. Tickets for individual film screenings cost £7.00 - £10.00, while a multi-buy option is also available.

For more information on screening times and to buy ticket, click on the link below.

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