The Acting Career of David Bowie

Course Dates: 29/01/22 - 05/02/22
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
'I feel like an actor when I’m on stage, rather than a rock artist'. David Bowie was the modern renaissance man in a variety of fields; musician, painter and actor. Second guessing Bowie’s music career in the 1970s was nigh on impossible; the same could be said for his acting career with his eclectic choices from leading roles to cameos. Bowie was never afraid to take risks and learn from both the artistic triumphs and failures across a multitude of film genres; science fiction, horror, war, crime, romantic comedy, children’s fantasy and spaghetti western.
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Course Code: HF210

Sat, day, 29 Jan - 05 Feb '22

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This online film studies course will analyse David Bowie’s development as an actor. Studying his influences and the techniques he applied to each role and his work with a diverse range of important filmmakers from Nicolas Roeg to Christopher Nolan.

What will we cover?

We will explore his background in performance, his theatrical influences, and his use of mime in the physical characterisations of his roles. We will also examine the decision making processes that led him to accepting particular projects; be they artistic or personal and taking a closer look at some of the film productions.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Have a better understanding of David Bowie’s diverse professional acting career
- Demonstrate an awareness of the practical performance techniques employed by him
- Demonstrate familiarity with the cultural context for Bowie’s acting career.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an introductory level course designed for all levels, you do not require any particular skills – just an enthusiasm for viewing and discussing film and David Bowie.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Screenings of extracts from Bowie’s films, along with informal discussion regarding each individual acting performance.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Handouts to take away for further study and research regarding Bowie the actor.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You may be interested in further Film courses at

Graham Rinaldi

Graham Rinaldi is a freelance film lecturer and writer. He is the author of the biography on the British comic actor, Will Hay and he is currently researching his next book, the acting career of David Bowie.

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