Shaking up every crevasse of the music industry this January after his passing, the last few years of music legend David Bowie's life will be explored in a new BBC2 documentary set to premiere on January 10, 2017, exactly a year from his death.
As The Guardian reports, the documentary will be titled David Bowie: The Last Five Years and will focus on the makings of his last two albums, The Next Day and Blackstar, as well as the musical Lazarus.
The film will feature archival footage of the icon, previously unheard vocals from Lazarus and interviews with producer Tony Visconti who describes the way Bowie worked in his last days.
"He would stand in front of the mic and for the four or five minutes he was singing he would pour his heart out … I could see through the window he was really feeling it. The audio picked up his breathing, it wasn’t that he was out of breath, he was hyperventilating in a way, getting his energy up to sing this," explains Visconti.
Francis Whately, who directed and produced the last Bowie documentary, will once again be at the helm of David Bowie: The Last Five Years. He says, "Looking at Bowie’s extraordinary creativity during the last five years of his life has allowed me to re-examine his life’s work and move beyond the simplistic view that his career was simply predicated on change – Bowie the chameleon … ‘ch ch ch changes’ etc.
"Instead, I would like to show how the changes were often superficial, but the core themes in his work were entirely consistent – alienation, mortality and fame."
BBC's premiere of the documentary will sit within a larger David Bowie tribute, including a show dedicated to Life On Mars, a listening party and a tribute show, in celebration of what would have been Bowie's 70th birthday.