In 2015, we were proud to support the film season of David Bowie Is, the ground-breaking exhibition that celebrates one of the most iconic and influential artists in music, fashion and performance.

The acclaimed Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) exhibition showed at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) between July and November 2015. It provided an in-depth look at how Bowie’s music and radical individualism have influenced wider movements in art, design and contemporary culture. 

As well as providing unprecedented access to costumes, album artwork and other Bowie memorabilia, ACMI developed a special program of late night music, film screenings, curator talks and special events to accompany the exhibition.

“The British Council is thrilled to be supporting the David Bowie Is film programme," said British Council's Director of Film, Briony Hanson. “David Bowie has been appearing in and inspiring films almost as long as he’s been making music. His acting career has been just as eclectic as his musical one, appearing in films by Jim Henson, Nic Roeg, Martin Scorsese and Tony Scott, and playing diverse roles such as a vampire, Pontius Pilate, Andy Warhol. As a representative of the innovation, excitement and risk that continues to characterise British creativity, they don’t get bigger than Bowie!”

Prior to its trip to Australia, David Bowie Is was seen by over 1 million people worldwide at sell-out shows in London, Paris, Chicago and Berlin.