Grace Jones documentary for T & T Film Festival

August 17, 2017
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A documentary about Jamaican singer, songwriter, supermodel, record producer, and actress, Grace Jones will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival next month.

Filmed over the course of a decade, the new documentary titled Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami is directed by English-producer Sophie Fiennes and is said to offer a stylish and unconventional look at the multitalented Jamaican.

According to reports from screendaily.com, the film, commissioned by BBC Films, will be the first to chronicle the personal and professional life of Grace Jones and will be distributed throughout the UK later this year through Picturehouse Entertainment.

The documentary will feature acting from Jones herself. She is no stranger to the camera as she has been featured in many films throughout her career, most notably her role as May Day, a henchman in the 1985 James Bond film, A View to a Kill and Zula, a warrior woman in the film Conan the Destroyer.

In an interview with UK newspaper, The Independent earlier this month, Fiennes said the Grace Jones film came about because of a collaborative spirit between herself and the main character.

"Grace had fiercely controlled her public image, but made the bold decision to unmask," she said. "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."

MODELING CAREER

Born in Jamaica, Grace Jones moved when she was 13 to live with her parents in Syracuse, New York. Jones began her modelling career there before transitioning to Paris.

Throughout her modelling career, Jones worked for fashion houses such as Yves St Laurent and Kenzo and has appeared on the covers of Elle and Vogue.

In 1977, she secured a record deal with Island Records. Her musical career saw her working on projects with the several internationally acclaimed producers, including Sly and Robbie.

Her most popular albums include Warm Leatherette (1980), Nightclubbing (1981), and Slave to the Rhythm (1985).

She scored Top 40 entries on the UK Singles Chart with Pull up to the Bumper, I've Seen That Face Before, Private Life, and Slave to the Rhythm.

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