GRACE JONES: BLOODLIGHT AND BAMI
United Kingdom, Ireland/2017/115’
DIRECTOR: Sophie Fiennes
EDITOR: Ethel Shepard
PRODUCERS: Beverly Jones, Sophie Fiennes, Katie Holly, Shani Hinton
PRODUCTION: IFB, BBC Films, BFI, Roads Entertainment, in cooperation with ZDF/ARTE
“Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami” is an electrifying journey through the performance, private and public worlds of pop cultural icon Grace Jones. Jones’ bold aesthetic echoes throughout the film as director Sophie Fiennes creates a powerful cinematic experience, contrasting musical sequences with intimate personal footage and reaching beyond the iconic mask.
She is a film director whose feature documentaries for theatrical exhibition include her collaborations with the Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek, The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema (2006), and The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology (2012), her portrait of German artist Anselm Keifer, Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow (2010), and her most recent film Grace Jones; Bloodlight and Bami (2017), an observational odyssey into the world of the iconic singer and performer. This project came about following Fiennes’ first feature documentary Hoover Street Revival (2001) about a Pentecostal church community in Los Angeles, and the sermons of its preacher, Bishop Noel Jones, brother of Grace Jones.