Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami
This electrifying journey through the public and private worlds of pop culture mega-icon Grace Jones contrasts musical sequences with intimate personal footage, all the while brimming with Jonesâ€™s bold aesthetic.
A larger-than-life entertainer, an androgynous glam-pop diva, an unpredictable media presence â€“ Grace Jones is all these things and more. Sophie Fiennesâ€™s documentary goes beyond the traditional music biography, offering a portrait as stylish and unconventional as its subject. Taking us home with her to Jamaica, into the studio with long-time collaborators Sly & Robbie, and backstage at gigs around the world, the film reveals Jones as lover, daughter, mother, and businesswoman. But the stage is the fixed point to which the film returns, with eye-popping performances of â€œSlave to the Rhythm,â€ â€œPull Up to the Bumper,â€ â€œLove is the Drug,â€ and more. Jones herself has said watching the film â€œwill be like seeing me almost nakedâ€ and, indeed, Fiennesâ€™s treatment is every bit as definition-defying as its subject, untamed by either age or life itself.
Directed by Sophie Fiennes. 2018. UK, Ireland. 115 min. DCP.