Let’s Dance: Bowie Down Under to premiere at BFI Southbank on 10th October as part of Sound Mirrors
With 182 live action and animated shorts at this year’s BFI London Film Festival, it takes a special kind of documentary to stand out from the crowd. One film hoping to do just that is LET’S DANCE: BOWIE DOWN UNDER, an intimate behind-the-scenes documentary about the landmark LET’S DANCE music video.
Featuring never-before-seen archive footage with Bowie himself, plus exclusive interviews with key collaborators and music historians, LET’S DANCE: BOWIE DOWN UNDER explores the remarkable, forgotten story behind LET’S DANCE and how the birth of MTV led to its unprecedented success.
Released in 1983, LET’S DANCE transformed Bowie from cult hero to global phenomenon and remains his most popular release to date, with single and album sales in excess of 10 million copies worldwide.
The team behind the project, journalists-turned-filmmakers Ed Gibbs and Rubika Shah, uncovered a wealth of material during their three-year search, turning to collaborators such as David Mallet (who directed the video for LET’S DANCE) and Nile Rodgers (the famed Chic front man who produced the LET’S DANCE LP with Bowie) for exclusive insight into this defining era in popular culture.
The film introduces the forgotten stars of Bowie’s groundbreaking 1983 videos including Joelene King and Geeling Ng, as well as interview footage with award-winning filmmakers and music historians. Bowie himself also reflects through rare and unseen archive, with additional crew opening up for the first time about the historic 35mm shoot.
The film made its premiere at the 65th Berlinale and went on to play at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, alongside the V&A’s David Bowie Is touring exhibition, as part of the 64th Melbourne International Film Festival. LET’S DANCE: BOWIE DOWN UNDER will make its UK premiere at the 59th BFI London Film Festival as part of Sound Mirrors, a screening of nine diverse short films all on a musical theme. Tickets for the UK premiere screening at BFI Southbank on October 10th sold out in record time. A second screening will be shown at the Brixton Ritzy on October 12th, the town where Bowie was born.
“We are delighted to be bringing this story to audiences in London,” commented the filmmakers.
“We can’t wait to screen the film in Bowie’s hometown – both at the BFI Southbank and at the Ritzy Cinema in Brixton, where Bowie grew up.”
LET’S DANCE: BOWIE DOWN UNDER makes its UK premiere at the 59th BFI London Film Festival on Saturday, October 10th, at the BFI Southbank. It will also screen at Brixton’s Ritzy Cinema on Monday, October 12th. Tickets are available via the festival’s official site: www.bfi.org.uk/lff
Donna is the Founder and Editor of Frankly, My Dear UK. By day, she works as a digital marketing specialist, by night she reviews film, theatre and music for a wide range of publications including WhatsonStage and The Reviews Hub. Loves Formula 1, prosecco and life.