Published Nov 04, 2016A new documentary delving into David Bowie's most recent work is set to arrive in early 2017. David Bowie: The Last Five Years explores the late singer's final albums, The Next Day, Blackstar and the music for Lazarus.
The documentary will air on the BBC in January, sharing previously unseen archival footage, unreleased interviews, commentary from friends and collaborators, and the original vocal track for "Lazarus" — the last song Bowie ever recorded.
A snippet from the documentary (available here for UK readers) hears producer Tony Visconti describing the recording process for "Lazarus." He says:
He would stand in front of the mic and for the four or five minutes he was singing he would pour his heart out. I could see through the window he was really feeling it. The audio picked up his breathing, it wasn't that he was out of breath, he was hyperventilating in a way, getting his energy up to sing this.
The film was directed by Francis Whately, who previously helmed the 2013 documentary Five Years.
BBC Four will also air a special titled Bowie at the BBC next month, compiling archive footage of the singer performing at the British network between 1964 and 2016.