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The audiovisual dimension of Bowie’s career and the challenge to document a career such as his: a long, eclectic and significant one.
Very few musicians have turned their image into such a distinctive element as Bowie did and, indeed, no one has had the audacity to reinvent himself in so many different characters. On the screens, Bowie has counted on the talent of David Mallet, Julian Temple, Nicolas Roeg or Floria Sigismondi to refine those entities and the atmospheres to frame them. Bowie was a pioneer and was always at the vanguard of the audiovisual projection of his career; and we should not forget that some artists such as Elvis Costello rose up against this fact, distrustful of the power the image was gaining in the music business.
Nowadays, music careers from three, four and five decades ago inspire documentaries that celebrate, revitalize and even discover musicians for the new audiences.
This genre is experiencing a golden age, with more films and festivals than ever before, although the really interesting, critical and creative documentaries are always the exception. And two documentaries about Bowie directed by Whately are part of that exception, in a filmography as a producer and director that includes several titles dedicated to the creative genius in all his aspects, from painting to theatre, science or rock. His vision and experience will be the base of this talk.
Andrés Hispano, professor of the Master in Creative Documentary at the UPF Barcelona School of Management, and Francis Whately, documentary maker of David Bowie, will approach the creative genius from the profound and rich experience of Whately to analyze the unique audiovisual proposals together with talents such as David Mallet, Julian Temple, Nicolas Roeg or Floria Sigismondi.
Francis Whately. Director of the BBC documentaries ‘David Bowie: Five Years’ and ‘David Bowie: The Last Five Years’
With more than 20 years working at the BBC, the first documentary that Whately released was a less than two-minute long short about an unpublished poem specially written by Bowie for that occasion. It was a simple short that very much pleased the British artist. Later they worked together again on a documentary about the eccentric British painter Stanley Spencer, from whom Bowie hade several works. Whately is the director of ‘Five Years’ and ‘The Last Five Years,’ two documentaries he describes as ‘love letters to Bowie’ (the artist wrote him to express his gratitude and they were in touch a few months before Bowie died). A part from the documentaries about Bowie, Francis Whately has made documentaries about artists such as Mark Rothko, William Turner, and Kate Moss, and also about celebrities such as Hillary Clinton, Daniel Craig or even the Duke of Edinburgh.
Andrés Hispano. Audiovisual producer and professor of the Master in Creative Documentary at the UPF Barcelona School of Management
Producer at the audiovisual platform Soy Cámara (TVE-CCCB) and regular collaborator of La Vanguardia newspaper culture supplement (member of the advisory committee from 2002 to 2014). He directed the themed nights of BTV (1997-2000), the Boing Boing Buddha TV show (BTV, 2000-2003), and Baixa Fidelitat (XTVL, 2005). He has coordinated the exhibitions ‘El rei de la casa’ (together with Marc Roig, Palau de la Virreina, 2007), ‘That’s not Entertainment!’ (together with Antoni Pinent, CCCB, 2007), and ‘Pantalla global’ (together with Gilles Lipovetsky and Jean Seroy, CCCB, 2011). He is the author of ‘David Lynch, claroscuro americano’ (Glénat, 1997) and he coordinated, along with Antoni Pinent, the pack DVD ‘Del éxtasis al arrebato’ (Cameo, 2009). He is guest lecturer of cinema and audiovisual culture of the Master in Creative Documentary at the UPF Barcelona School of Management.
VENUE and DATE
Auditorium at the Disseny Hub Barcelona
July, 26th 18:30h