“Crack, baby, crack, show me you're real”
If you’re planning to be at the V&A’s Evening Talk with Alan Yentob and the screening of his Cracked Actor film on Friday evening, you may want to swot up before you attend by tuning in to BBC1 at 10:35pm this evening. (Thursday)
Here’s a bit from the BBC blurb:
In 1974 Alan Yentob, a 27-year-old producer-director for the BBC's Omnibus strand, received a call from Tony Defries, whose management company MainMan looked after David Bowie. After meeting Bowie in New York, agreement was reached to film a documentary around his Diamond Dogs tour of North America. The legendary film Cracked Actor was the result, capturing Bowie at an extraordinary moment in his life.
Yentob, now the presenter of BBC One's imagine series, recalls Bowie demonstrating his use of William S. Burroughs' cut-up style of writing, and Bowie talking in the back seat of a car - footage which encouraged Nicolas Roeg to cast him in The Man Who Fell to Earth.
Alan Yentob says "I'd caught him at what was an intensely creative time, but it was also physically and emotionally gruelling. Our encounters tended to take place in hotel rooms in the early hours of the morning or in snatched conversations in the back of limousines. He was fragile and exhausted, but also prepared to open up and talk in a way he had never really done before."
Cracked Actor has become one of the classic rock documentaries of all time, remaining an enduring influence on generations of Bowie fans.
Check it out on BBC One and BBC One HD, Imagine on 4 April 2013 at 22:35 and on BBC iPlayer for seven days.
A limited number of tickets are still available for the Alan Yentob talk and screening tomorrow at the V&A.
Meanwhile, check out this BBC Cracked Actor special to tide you over.