Filmed over the course of a decade, the new documentary from director Sophie Fiennes (The Pervert's Guide to Ideology) offers a stylish and unconventional look at the Jamaican-born model, singer, and New Wave icon.
A film by Sophie Fiennes
United Kingdom / Ireland, 2017, Documentary, 1h55 minutes, colour, English
starring Grace Jones, Jean-Paul Goude, Robbie Shakespeare, Sly Dunbar
NOTE BY THE PROGRAMMER
Grace Jones, the statuesque Jamaican model-turned-singer, actress and icon has made a career performing versions of herself. But who is the real Grace Jones behind the masks and makeup? This film moves between her personae onstage and off. Don't expect a traditional music biography with sit-down interviews and archival footage. This treatment is as stylish and unconventional as its subject. In the subtitle, "bloodlight" refers to the studio signal for recording and "bami" is a Jamaican flatbread. They stand for art and life.
Filmmaker Sophie Fiennes has previously made films about a philosopher, a dancer, and an artist. Each time, she conjures a fresh style for the material. (One of her early documentaries, Hoover Street Revival, profiled Jones' brother Noel, the Los Angeles preacher). With Grace Jones, filmed over 10 years, we gain entry to her private spaces: her family in Jamaica, in the studio with long-time collaborators Sly & Robbie, and in Paris with her one-time image maker and lover, Jean-Paul Goude. In negotiations glimpsed on camera, she demonstrates that you wouldn't want to go against her. "Sometimes you have to be a high-flying bitch." Yet we also catch her in sweet and vulnerable moments.
Interspersed throughout the film are performances from a 2016 concert staged for Fiennes' camera. Strutting the stage like an Amazon in heels, Jones performs songs such as "Slave to the Rhythm," "Love is the Drug" and "Amazing Grace" with multiple costume changes. This might be the first documentary with a credit for Corset Designer. Whatever mysteries she conceals, one thing is for certain: we can't take our eyes off her.
THOM POWERS - TIFF 2017, Toronto
Tags: Art + Creativity, Identity, Global Perspectives, Women In Film, BRITISH + IRISH, Biography, Female Director, Documentary
Christine Langan, Joe Oppenheimer, Lizzie Francke, Keith Potter Francesca Von Habsburg, Danielle Ryan, Alan Maher, James Wilson, Émilie Blézat
Katie Holly, Sophie Fiennes, Beverly Jones, Shani Hinton
Grace Jones, Ivor Guest
Blinder Films, Sligoville Amoeba Film
2017 | TIFF - Toronto International Film Festival, Canada | 7-17 sept 2017
* Selection - TIFF Docs
OPENING NIGHT TIFF DOCS FILM!
* World Premiere
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