When is a rockumentary better than a biography? With Five Years (2013), then The Last Five Years (2017) and now David Bowie: Finding Fame (BBC Two), Francis Whately has created an unsurpassable trilogy of feature-length bio-docs, profiling the life of his subject.
This final film explored a young man’s long evolutionary struggle to burst out of suburbia. Bowie’s vehicles of egress included a parade of splendidly naff bands which he hopped on and off like old Routemaster buses. The video evidence, of a London boy faking various looks, was joyous: the Anthony Newley phase, the laughing gnome moment, the famous flirtation with mime (“he was a load of s–t,” confided his instructor Lindsay Kemp)….