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Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

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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' Blood' 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. Sophie Fiennes' film 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.
Official Selection Toronto International Film Festival 2017 - TIFF Docs - World premiere


Type of film
Running Time
115 mins
Sophie Fiennes
Katie Holly, Sophie Fiennes, Beverly Jones, Shani Hinton
Executive Producer
Christine Langan, Joe Oppenheimer, Lizzie Francke, Keith Potter, Francesca von Habsburg, Danielle Ryan, Alan Maher, James Wilson, Émilie Blézat
Sophie Fiennes
Director of Photography
Remko Schnorr
Grace Jones; Musical Director: Ivor Guest
Principal Cast
Grace Jones, Jean-Paul Goude, Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare
Film Image
© Grace Jones / Sligoville Limited / Blinder Films Limited / The British Film Institute / British Broadcasting Corporation 2017

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Last updated 4th September 2017

Production Company

UK, Ireland coproduction

A Sligoville (UK)/ Amoeba Film (UK) & Blinder Films (IE), production. Financed by BBC Films (UK), BFI Film Fund (UK), Bórd Scannán na hÉireann/ Irish Film Board (IE), Roads Entertainment (IE) in cooperation with ZDF/Arte (DE)

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