A SINGER from Beckenham has teamed up with a Deptford actor to film a controversial pop video.
David Bowie who grew up in Bromley and lived in Beckenham enlisted Hollywood A-lister Gary Oldman to star with him in the promo for the song The Next Day from his album of the same name.Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard also stars.
The film, featuring debauched Catholic clergymen, has caused a stir since it debuted online yesterday (May 8) with it initially banned from Youtube and then reinstated with adult-only restrictions.
Written and conceived by 66-year-old David, it was directed by Floria Sigismondi and features an array of religious imagery including a figure who is indulging in self-flagellation.
French star Marion is depicted as a dancing girl who bleeds from stigmata marks on her palms while Mr Bowie plays a Jesus-like figure in robes fronting his band in a seedy basement bar.
Deptford-born and raised Gary, who studied at Rose Bruford College in Sidcup, plays a priest who dances with Marion, who won an Oscar for her role in La Vie En Rose.
As she sinks to the floor bleeding from her hands, Gary turns to David - dressed in what appear to be sackcloth robes - shouting: "You see this? This is your doing - you call yourself a prophet?"
Marion's wounds spray blood all over a topless, veiled albino woman before she rises again dressed in black with tears on her cheeks and bathed in light.
As the video ends with each of the characters arranged in a tableau, David says "thank you Gary, thank you Marion, thank you everybody", before disappearing.
Gary - who landed his first Oscar nomination for playing Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy after years of acclaimed performances - previously worked with the music star when they performed a duet on guitarist Reeves Gabrel’s album The Sacred Squall Of Now in the 1990s.