A documentary telling the story of how a former Bletchley teenager styled David Bowie will enjoy another charity screening next month.
Starman, The Man Who Sewed The World, tells the story of fashion designer Freddie Burretti, a man who swapped Bletchley for Bowie – and was responsible for creating Bowie’s iconic outfits.
Burretti was quirky, unique and flamboyantly creative, and Bletchley?
Well, Bletchley wasn’t!
With its Codebreaking history, the town was a private sort of place, and Freddie bowed out, drawn to the lights and liberalism afforded by London.
His chance encounter with Angie and David Bowie at the fashionable El Sombrero club marked the beginning of a five-year relationship.
Bowie’s fabrics were renowned, and though decades have passed, those costumes remain among pop rock’s most familiar and fabulous moments.
And they were all down to Freddie.
But having styled the superstar and rode the ride to the top during five years of creative fun, just when he had’ the world of rock at the end of his needle,’ Freddie walked away - from his superstar boss, his family and his friends. The story is told by those that knew him best; his former flatmate, his brother and the MK faces who were there.
Total MK attended the premiere late last year, and declared that ‘Freddie’s story is told with a sweet supply of warm, heartfelt and sometimes funny memories...
‘When you look back at the history of the music fashion, Bowie and Ziggy still glow the brightest, and putting the twinkle into the cloth and the sparkle into the image, is Freddie.
‘His place in rock ‘n’ roll history is assured, as The Man Who Sewed the World.’
Lee Scriven, the man behind the film, said: “A couple of years ago, I felt the time was right to at least attempt to make the film.”
“I had noticed with great interest how Gary Kemp from Spandau Ballet had recited with so much obvious personal passion about Freddie’s importance to Mr Bowie on the BBC 4 Ziggy Stardust documentary.
“I then witnessed first hand the clothes and space given in Mr Bowie’s touring ‘This Is’ exhibition and came to the conclusion Freddie was indeed a very important cog in the Bowie machine.”
With the help of Freddie’s brother Stephen, who is still based here in the town, work began.
“I contacted him to hopefully attain his blessing and more importantly get him fully involved in the process,” Lee said.
“Thankfully he was more than willing on both accounts. Full of excited expectation I met him hoping to secure a shed load of information, photos, artifacts and home movies etc.
“Stephen did have the required shed load of personal memories, but alas there wasn’t an abundance of photos and no home movies. So I quickly knew and accepted this documentary wasn’t going to be easy to complete.
“I just thought what the hell, I’m interested in Freddie and even if the film isn’t made it should prove to be an interesting ride.
“I wasn’t wrong; the journey has taken me all over the country and even Europe meeting some lovely personalities on the way,” Lee added.
More details about the charity screening are to be announced soon.