After the dead of David Bowie, from here we want to dedicate him a little tribute remembering the short film The image, starring a young Bowie.
The image is a short film written and directed by Michael Armstrong and produced by Border Film Productions. With a running time of 14 minutes, it was filmed on 1969 and it starred a twenty years David Bowie along with the actor Michael Byrne, who you will remember for being an evil soldier called Vogel that led a Nazi army in the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Steven Spielberg, 1989).
Bowie earned thirty pounds for his work as an actor in this black and white silent horror short film that ended up being the first short film rated as X in the United Kingdom for its terrifying content.
The late singer himself left us his words on The image as a particular synopsis:
“a movie about a painter that pictures a young man, the painting ens up resuscitating and turns out to be the dead body of a guy. I can’t remember the whole plot, if the movie had one, but it lasted 14 minutes and was horrible“. David Bowie
You will notice that the interpretation of Bowie has a lot to do with others he did afterwards for example in The Man Who Fell to Earth (Nicolas Roeg, 1976) or The Hunger (Tony Scott, 1983), a restrained and silent performance.
Technical information about The image:
Director: Michael Armstrong
Production: Olive Negus-Fancey
Script: Michael Armstrong
Cast: David Bowie, Michael Byrne
Music: Noel Janus
Cinematography: Ousama Rawi
Edition: Julian Hindson
Distribution: Border Film Productions
Release date: 1969
Running time: 14 minutes
Country: United Kingdom
May he rest in peace.