Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

GRACE JONES: BLOODLIGHT AND BAMI

Larger than life, wild, scary and androgynous – Grace Jones plays all these parts. Yet here we also discover her as a lover, daughter, mother, sister and even grandmother, as she submits herself to our gaze and allows us to understand what constitutes her mask.

The stage is where her most extreme embodiments are realised and her theatrical imagination lets loose: this is where the musical of her life is played out. The film includes Grace’s unique performances singing iconic hits such as Slave To The Rhythm, Pull Up To The Bumper, as well as the more recent autobiographical tracks Williams’ Bloods and Hurricane. These personal songs also link to Grace’s family life, as the film takes us on a holiday road trip across Jamaica, where her family roots and the story of her traumatic childhood are uncovered.

In Jamaican patois, ‘Bloodlight’ is the red light that illuminates when an artist is recording and ‘Bami’ means bread, the substance of daily life. Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami weaves together the layers of Grace Jones’ public and private life, as she moves effortlessly between different facets: she is gypsy, artist and partying hedonist, warm and funny but also a fierce and tenacious businesswoman. The performance continues to move thematically though the film, with Love Is The Drug acting like an aria, bringing the film to its final and most touching scenes. This is a Grace we have not seen before, someone who reminds us of what it is to dare to be truly alive.

 

Directed by Sophie Fiennes

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

Cinematography: Remko Schnorr

Musical Director: Ivor Guest

Executive Producers: Christine Langan, Joe Oppenheimer, Lizzie Francke, Keith Potter, Francesca Von Habsburg, Danielle Ryan, Alan Maher, James Wilson, Émilie Blézat

Financiers: BBC Films, BFI, IFB, Roads Entertainment, in cooperation with ZDF/ARTE

Sales Agent: WestEnd Films

Distribution:
Trafalgar Releasing (UK/Ireland)
Umbrella Entertainment (AUS/NZ)

Festivals:
Toronto International Film Festival, Canada
El Gouna Film Festival, Egypt
Zurich Film Festival, Switzerland
Adelaide Film Festival, Australia
Antenna Documentary Film Festival, Australia
Doclisboa, Portugal
Film Fest Gent, Belgium
Festival do Rio, Brazil
Vienna International Film Festival, Austria
Geneva International Film Festival
Camerimage, Poland
Torino Film Festival, Italy
Porto/Post/Doc, Portugal
Merlinka Festival, Serbia