HBO is officially entering the market on movies called The Last Five Years. In January, the network will release a new documentary, titled David Bowie: The Last Five Years, which navigates the final years of David Bowie’s life — and it’s bound to be a standout among America’s two films that are already titled The Last Five Years. The other film that is titled The Last Five Years, in which David Bowie does not appear, is a ho-hum adaptation of the 2002 Off-Broadway play of the same name.
This version of The Last Five Years, however, is likely to be a fascinating insight into David Bowie’s life, unlike that other film which we’ve already forgotten about. (What’s it called again?) Directed by Francis Whately, who also gave us the less elaborately-titled David Bowie: Five Years in 2013, The Last Five Years will feature interviews with those closest to Bowie, including musicians Earl Slick, Gail Ann Dorsey, Carlos Alomar, and Bowie himself (for who is closer to Bowie than Bowie?)
“I have a certain niche that I work in,” says Bowie in a teaser trailer for the film. “A lot of it tends to be about alienation, being on the outside of things, because that tends to be where I feel more comfortable as a writer.”
The doc will reportedly explore the musician’s creative process as he oversees his musical, “Lazarus” and releases The Next Day and Blackstar, which the doc argues are his “most revealing” albums.
“Always go a little further into the water than you feel you’re capable of being in,” says Bowie. “And when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re just about in the right place to do something exciting.”
Reportedly, Anna Kendrick has not been involved in any way with the making of The Last Five Years.