The film, written and directed by Gabriel Range, was due to premiere at the Tribeca Festival this week, but due to its delay, the filmmakers decided to go ahead with the launch of the film via a portal in private line.
On Wednesday, Film Constellation, which manages international sales, will launch a micro-site for the film. At 16. AND the company will organize a live virtual introduction via Zoom with Range and the actors Johnny Flynn, Marc Maron and Jena Malone. After the introduction, guests will be able to screen the film. The company successfully launched a similar initiative in late March for “Relic”, the horror film starring Emily Mortimer, which was impacted by the cancellation of the SXSW Film Festival.
The film takes place in 1971, when a 24-year-old Bowie makes his first trip to America, to meet a world that is not yet ready for him. The film reveals the inspirations and events in life that gave birth to Bowie’s alter ego, Ziggy Stardust, retracing the transformation of one of the world’s greatest cultural icons.
In a statement, Range said: “I decided to make a film about what makes someone an artist; what drives them to do their art. This person is David Bowie, a man we used to think of as the star he has become, or one of his alter ego: Ziggy Stardust; Aladdin Zane; The thin white duke. Someone I have never seen from a distance, behind a mask; a divine extraterrestrial presence. Even in his perfectly choreographed death, he did not look like an ordinary human being. “
The clip shows a scene in which Bowie, played by Flynn, discusses his prospects in the United States with Ron Oberman, a publicist for Mercury Records, played by Maron. When Bowie reports that Mercury has doubts about his album “The Man Who Sold the World” and his tour of the United States, Oberman says he has no such doubts. “I think you’re going to be the biggest shit star in America,” he says. “Seriously, this is an excellent record. It’s a great record. It’s just that nobody knows how to sell you in America. “
“Stardust” was written by Christopher Bell and Range. It was produced by Paul Van Carter, Nick Taussig and Matt Code. The executive producers are Fabien Westerhoff, Christopher Figg and Robert Whitehouse.
The film was produced by Salon Pictures, based in the United Kingdom, and is a co-production with Wildling Pictures in Canada.