The documentary Grace Jones: Bloodlight And Bami premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend. Jones collaborated with filmmaker Sophie Fiennes on the doc over a period of five years, taking viewers from the stage to her Jamaica homeland, and delving into the singer’s troubled childhood.
“Grace had fiercely controlled her public image, but made the bold decision to unmask,” Fiennes says. “She never sought to control my shooting process, and I didn’t second-guess the narrative of the film as I was shooting. I just gathered evidence. The film is a deliberately present-tense experience; for me this is the thrill-ride of verité cinema.”
Bloodlight And Bami juxtaposes Jones’ avant-garde stage persona with the true off-screen identity we seldom see. “The performer out there takes the risk—it’s a lonely place,” Jones says in the trailer. “But it’s a fascinating lonely place.”
“She is gypsy, artist and partying hedonist, warm and funny but also a fierce and tenacious businesswoman,” the film’s press notes promise of its subject. “This is a Grace we have not seen before.”
Grace Jones: Bloodlight And Bami will hit theaters in October.