David Bowie is one of the most seminal legends in music history; but who was the man behind the many faces? In 1971, a 24-year-old fledgling David Bowie (Johnny Flynn) is sent to America to promote his newest record, The Man Who Sold the World. Leaving behind his pregnant wife Angie (Jena Malone), Bowie embarks on a makeshift coast-to-coast promotional tour with struggling Mercury Records publicist Rob Oberman (Marc Maron).
Stateside, Bowie is quickly met with an audience that’s not yet ready for him. During the tumultuous journey, Bowie slowly begins to realize a need to reinvent himself in order to truly become himself; it’s with that realization that his iconic, celestial alter-ego Ziggy Stardust is born. Anchored by two stellar performances from Flynn and Maron, Stardust offers an intimate glimpse into the moments that inspired the creation of Bowie’s first and most memorable alter-ego, illuminating the turning point that cemented his legacy as one of the world’s greatest cultural icons.
UK | USA 2020, 109 minutes, Unrated, Directed by Gabriel Range
“A thoughtful and vastly entertaining study of the starman in the making.”– Steve Morrissey, RADIO TIMES
”Charmingly anecdotal…’Stardust’ is also bolstered by a fascinating lead performance, this one by Johnny Flynn.”– Kurt Loder, CREATORS SYNDICATE
“(An) excellent looking film…the early 70s never looked better. Overall the movie’s performances are good—Flynn does a great job, Jena Malone is deliciously nasty.”– Alan Ng, FILM THREAT
“The film’s most salient triumph is the dedication of its two primary actors…Flynn and Maron are totally committed to their roles and are wonderful to watch.”– Marjorie Baumgarten, AUSTIN CHRONICLE