Meet David before Bowie. One of the greatest icons in music history. But who was the young man behind the many faces? In 1971, a 24-year-old David Bowie (Johnny Flynn) embarks on his first road trip to America with Mercury Records publicist Ron Oberman (Marc Maron), only to be met with a world not yet ready for him. Beginning with the disclaimer that “the story that follows is (mostly) fiction”, Stardust spins an imagined glimpse behind the curtain of the moments that inspired the creation of Bowie’s first and most memorable alter ego, Ziggy Stardust. The film also explores Bowie’s family history of mental health issues and his own fear of losing his grip on reality, seeing this as a key to his creation of different personas through music.
“Flynn is an inspired casting choice… [He] provides this smart and resilient film with the sense of soul that its endlessly fascinating subject deserves.” Kevin Maher, The Times