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David Bowie on Film

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David Bowie is ready for his close-up
The David Bowie is exhibition and festivities are now in full swing at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).

As part of the stellar exhibition program, ACMI has teamed up with the British Council to present a special season of feature films which celebrate David Bowie's extraordinary achievements as an actor, influencer and consumer of culture.

Dubbed 'David Bowie on Film', this season is presented in three parts: 'David Bowie is feeling like an actor', 'David Bowie is asking you to focus on', and 'David Bowie is watching you'.

"For over four decades, David Bowie has been a symbol of restless change, rebellion and artistic challenge. A ferocious consumer of culture from mime theatre to punk rock has meant that Bowie's creativity has effortlessly straddled the worlds of high art and pop culture. Likewise, the ubiquitous influence of Bowie on other artists can be seen all around us, in the most discreet and broad examples of pop culture," says ACMI Senior Film Programmer, Kristy Matheson.

'David Bowie is feeling like an actor' focuses on Bowie's acclaimed performances in The Man Who Fell to Earth, Just a Gigolo, The Hunger, Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence, Absolute Beginners, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, and The Prestige. Also screening in this section is Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars and Cracked Actor.

'David Bowie is asking you to focus on' explores Bowie's cultural idols and influences, such as Andy Warhol, Velvet Goldmine and Marlene Dietrich. Films screening in this section include The Blue Angel (Der blaue Engel),The Velvet Underground and Nico: A Symphony of Sound, Chelsea Hotel, and Burroughs: The Movie.

'David Bowie is watching you' celebrates Bowie's influence on screen culture. Films screening in this section include Dogs in Space, Dogville, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, and Only Lovers Left Alive.

As part of this season, there will also be a Live Event and Film Screening with writer and curator Jack Sergeant, who will introduce the work of William S. Burroughs and the cut-up technique which Bowie has utilised throughout his career.

The British Council's Director of Film, Briony Hanson, said "David Bowie has been appearing in and inspiring films almost as long as he's been making music. His acting career has been just as eclectic as his musical one, appearing in films by Jim Henson, Nic Roeg, Martin Scorsese and Tony Scott, and playing diverse roles such as a vampire, Pontius Pilate, Andy Warhol. As a representative of the innovation, excitement and risk that continues to characterise British creativity, they don't get bigger than Bowie!"

ACMI will screen David Bowie on Film from Thursday 20 August to Sunday 20 September 2015.

For session times, tickets and information please visit

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When: Thursday 20 August to Sunday 20 September 2015
Where: ACMI Cinema
Cost: $13-$17
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