Promonews - 14th May 2013

As he’s spent 2013 being praised to the heavens for his godlike genius, and most people think he can probably walk on water (and maybe even rose from the dead…) David Bowie actually plays Christ in Floria Sigismondi’s video for The Next Day.

Also starring Bowie’s pal Gary Oldman, as a bad guy priest who turns up at the Catholic church’s favourite bar, and Marion Cotillard as a courtesan with blood-spurting stigmata. Floria does not stint on the symbolic Catholic imagery and characters (including a Joan of Arc, a self-flagellating priest and deeply immoral Cardinal) and their proximity to fun and debauchery. Nor the blood, of which there are bucketloads. Which all added up to a ‘ban’ – it went missing on YouTube for a few hours on the day of release – and another PR triumph.

But it all makes sense in a strange way – and as it features Marion Cotillard losing herself in sensual reverie… well, say no more. And Bowie maintains a canny position of being almost a co-star in his own video – and a restrained sense of humour, as indicated by his speech of thanks at the end. Wuzza wuzz.

PRO Credits


DirectorFloria Sigismondi
Production CompanyBlack Dog Films
Executive ProducerColeen Haynes
Executive ProducerChris Clavadetscher
ProducerOualid Mouaness
1st ADHowell Caldwell
2nd ADBen Randolph
Director of PhotographyJordan Cronenweth
Camera operatorDan McDonough
Camera operatorJack Ellingwood
Camera operatorPaul Toomey
SteadicamMark Meyers
Production designerJason Fijal
Set designLindsay Ferguson
Location ManagerKelley Baker
StylistMarjan Malakpour
HairPamela Neal
Make-upKathy Jeung
ColouristCompany 3
CommissionerBryan Younce
LabelSony Music
Lead actorGary Oldman
Lead actorMarion Cotillard
Lead actorMegan Neal
Lead actorKevan Egan
Lead actorMiranda Stewart
Lead actorCatherine Jolleys
Lead actorRobert Sherman

Promonews - 14th May 2013

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