David Bowie‘s most iconic film and an overall high-point in his acting career, Labyrinth, will return to cinemas to celebrate its 35th anniversary. The 1986 film was directed by The Muppets creator, Jim Henson, and also stars Jennifer Connelly in her breakout appearance. The classic film will head out on a limited run in the US on September 12, 13 and 15 – the screenings are the work of Fanthom Events.
For those of you unfamiliar with the film, it stars David Bowie as Jareth the evil Goblin King and Connelly as the 16-year-old Sarah. Sarah embarks on a fantastical journey to rescue her baby brother Toby from the centre of an elaborate maze owned by Jareth.
Initially, the film didn’t perform well at the box office but has since developed a devoted cult following — a significant part of which owing Bowie’s brilliant performance. In a behind-the-scenes book that was released for the 30th anniversary of the film, it was explained that Henson had originally placed Freddie Mercury and Rod Stewart in his crosshairs for the role of Jareth.
Alongside, The Man Who Fell To Earth, The Hunger, The Last Temptation Of Christ and Zoolander, Labyrinth is made iconic because it features David Bowie. His last credit came in 2008 in the financial drama, August.
Last month, Bowie’s three-time bandmate and jazz virtuoso, John Hutchinson, died in hospital following a long period of health problems. The tragic news was confirmed on the official David Bowie Twitter account. They described Hutchinson as: “a semi-retired and little-known jazz guitarist and a veteran of three important David Bowie bands for seven years between 1966 and 1973”.
Hutchinson’s most memorable contribution to Bowie‘s back catalogue was his hand in creating the iconic ‘Space Oddity’, and he played the guitar on the song’s earliest versions. The first take was recorded in February 1969, with Hutchinson playing that classic jazzy guitar line, and Bowie, less famously, playing the Stylophone.
Watch the trailer for Labyrinth, below.