Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

Sophie Fiennes
| UK, Ireland
| 2017
| 115 min

Larger than life, wild, scary, and androgynous – Grace Jones plays all these parts. Yet here we discover her as lover, daughter, mother, sister, and grandmother, as she lets us in and allows us to understand what constitutes her mask. Jones’ bold aesthetic echoes throughout this film as director Sophie Fiennes creates a powerful cinematic experience, contrasting musical sequences with intimate personal footage. Performances of her beloved hits Slave to the Rhythm and Pull Up to the Bumper contrast with more recent autobiographical tracks, linking to the film’s narrative that follows Grace on a holiday road trip across her native Jamaica with her son and niece. Here the family’s roots and the story of her traumatic childhood are uncovered. Fresh from its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami is an electrifying journey through the performance, private, and public worlds of the pop cultural icon.

Sophie Fiennes
Sophie Fiennes, Beverly Jones, Shani Hinton, Katie Holly
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