'The Snowman' producer reveals charming story behind David Bowie's iconic scarf

Tom Beasley
·Contributor
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David Bowie's son, filmmaker Duncan Jones, now owns the scarf his father wore in 'The Snowman'. (Credit: Channel 4/Duncan Jones/Twitter)
David Bowie's son, filmmaker Duncan Jones, now owns the scarf his father wore in 'The Snowman'. (Credit: Channel 4/Duncan Jones/Twitter)

The producer behind David Bowie’s introduction to Channel 4’s iconic adaptation of The Snowman has shared the heart-warming story behind the scarf the singer wore during filming.

Bowie recorded an introduction to the Raymond Briggs story ahead of its US release, but his message has since been added to most versions of the beloved 1982 animation.

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The late singer’s son — Moon filmmaker Duncan Jones — shared an image of the scarf on Twitter, having found the famous prop while looking through some storage boxes.

Producer Brian Harding offered a reply to his tweet, explaining the lovely story behind how the scarf came to be in Jones’s possession.

Harding wrote: “The Scarf was knitted by the lady in the accounts department of TVC, the production company who made the animation.

“She came onto the set and presented it to David. When filming was over, David asked very politely if he could keep the scarf to give to his son, Zowie [Duncan’s birth name].

“This was the only fee he charged for the filming and I believe he offered his services for personal reasons.

“He was charming throughout and totally professional. I am glad that the scarf found its way to the destination he intended: from the dude to another dude.”

A version of Bowie is set to appear in movie form during the early part of 2021, with actor and musician Johnny Flynn portraying the singer in Stardust.

Made without the cooperation of Bowie’s family — indeed it was criticised by Jones — the film does not feature any of the singer’s music.

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Flynn has defended his decision to take on the role, saying he “didn’t take it on lightly”.

He added: “This is a film made with a huge amount of love and respect for David as an artist, but you know, there's a danger in having to consult, having to have things approved and things like that.

“And I think with anything like this, you can't necessarily trust it if it hasn't been told with a complete sort of objectivity.”

Stardust is due to be released on 15 January, 2021.

Watch: Johnny Flynn as David Bowie in Stardust