Known for documentaries about Kurt Cobain and Jane Goodall, Brett Morgen now produces a unique, mesmerizing film experience in which David Bowie plays the main role. Don’t expect a traditional biopic of a music legend!
When it opens this fall, “Moonage Daydream” will play in IMAX theaters, and that feels right, because this is a movie to give yourself over to. It’s no mere epic music video, though at times it feels like one, as it rides the pulse of Bowie’s music like a psychedelic locomotive. We’ve seen trippy documentaries before, but Morgen seems to have created this movie to be rock ‘n’ roll. That’s part of its colliding-image irreverence. Watching “Moonage Daydream,” there are essential facts you won’t hear, and many touchstones that get skipped over (in the entire movie, you’ll never even see an album cover). But you get closer than you expect to the chilly sexy enigma of who David Bowie really was.
Warning for people with epilepsy. The film contains strobe lights.
Brett Morgen, the Los Angeles-born American director and producer specializing in biographies, is sometimes called the mad scientist of documentary film. He studied at the Tisch School of the Arts in New York. Morgen was nominated for an Oscar for his On the Ropes, a film about young boxers, and won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance for that project. Jane and Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck both received Primetime Emmy Award nominations. Moonage Daydream had its world premiere at the Cannes Festival.
1999 On the Ropes (doc.)
2002 To rola dla niego / The Kid Stays in the Picture (doc.)
2015 Kurt Cobain: Życie bez cenzury / Cobain: Montage of Heck (doc.)
2017 Jane (doc.)
2022 Moonage Daydream (doc.)