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Tuesday, August 1, 2023



(Above: David Bowie. Pic supplied)

“Astounding” new David Bowie documentary Moonage Daydream hitting M-Net screens soon. Vogue critic calls it “among the best films about any artist I’ve ever seen.”

Whether you’re a long-time fan of the late David Bowie or new to his dazzling place in music, you’ll want to tune in for a new documentary on his life that critics are calling “a masterpiece of music documentary.” Premiering on the home of entertainment, M-Net (DStv channel 101), viewers can catch Moonage Daydream on Thursday, August 3, 2023, at 22h00.

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Brett Morgen is at the helm of this fascinating collage of archival footage, music, and animation – showing us Bowie’s early days as a mod rocker to his later incarnation as the Thin White Duke. But Moonage Daydream is more than just a music documentary. It's a meditation on creativity, identity, and the human experience. Through Bowie's own words, the film explores the themes of transformation, self-expression, and the power of art to change the world.

If you’re a fan of well-made star biopics that transcend the documentary form, including the likes of Amy, Searching for Sugar Man, Cobain: Montage of Heck (also directed by Morgen) and What Happened, Miss Simone? you’ll want to tune in.

Did you know Bowie visited South Africa several times? Here are some lesser-known facts about Ziggy Stardust:

-Bowie was a vocal critic of apartheid. Part of his activism included performing at the Free Nelson Mandela concert in London in 1986.

-During a visit to South Africa in 1995 with his wife, model Iman Abdulmajid, the celebrity couple met with late icons Miriam Makeba and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

-Bowie was enthralled by Johannesburg, calling it “an urban nightmare – Blade Runner brutal in its hostile, teeming streets, and really exciting.”

-After his return, Bowie put on an exhibition of new South African artists titled Mayibuye i Africa. It featured work by the likes of William Kentridge and Willie Bester.

-Bowie had several works by African artists in his R424.37-million collection, including by Norman Catherine, David Koloane, Peter Bongani Shange, Percy Konqobe, and Penny Siopis.

Moonage Daydream will broadcast on M-Net (DStv channel 101 – The home of entertainment at 22h00 on Thursday, August 3, 2023. You can also live-stream on the DStv Stream, and DStv Catch Up after broadcast.

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