Tough, edgy, androgynous, gorgeous and talented. Those are just a few words to describe musician Grace Jones, whose gifts are celebrated in a new documentary.
Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami opens in theaters nationwide on October 27. The film captures the pop cultural icon’s bold aesthetic, from her performing and private life. Director Sophie Fiennes (The Pervert’s Guide To Ideology, The Pervert’s Guide To Cinema, Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow) creates a powerful cinematic experience, contrasting musical sequences with intimate personal footage.
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 is produced by Katie Holly (Love & Friendship, The Queen Of Ireland, Citadel) of Dublin-based Blinder Films, alongside Sophie Fiennes, Shani Hinton and Beverly Jones.
Jones was one of the original fashionistas, and the hats worn in the film are created by haute couture designer Philip Treacy. The staging for the performance sequences are based on the concepts designed for Grace Jones by Oscar winning designer, the late Eiko Isioka.
Grace Jones Fashion Revival?
The movie may even spark a revival of Jones-inspired fashion. During the opening night of New York Fashion Week yesterday, Toronto-based design house Greta Constantine debuted a collection of sequin bodysuits and separates in high-octane hues. Co-designer Stephen Wong tells Accessories that the collection was inspired by Jones herself. “Oddly enough, we are leaving tonight to host a party for Grace Jones at the Toronto Film Festival,” Wong explains. “Strong shoulder, bold silhouettes, disco pants and flirty little dresses set the mood for this collection.”
There will also be a chance to meet the icon herself following an exclusive preview of Grace Jones Bloodlight and Bami on October 25th. Grace Jones and Friends Live (a one-night-only event) will have Jones discussing her life and work with some of her closest collaborators, from the worlds of music, fashion, art and film. For more information or to book tickets, click here.