Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami To Receive Special Screening and Live Q&A Ahead of October 27 Release

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Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami To Receive Special Screening and Live Q&A Ahead of October 27 Release

Following its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), a special screening of Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami will take place in a number of Irish cinemas tonight (25 October), followed by a unique Q&A — Grace Jones and Friends Live — which will be broadcast live via satellite from London. The film will be officially released on Friday, 27 October.

Grace Jones and Friends Live promises to be thrilling and enlightening evening with the inimitable icon, as she discusses her life and work with some of her closest collaborators, from the worlds of music, fashion, art and film, following an exclusive preview of Sophie Fiennes’ highly anticipated new film Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami.

Directed by Sophie Fiennes and produced by Katie Holly of Blinder Films, alongside Fiennes and Shani Hinton in association with JW Films, the doc charts the iconic singer, Grace Jones, over the course of a decade, with Fiennes beginning filming in 2005.

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami takes the viewer on an intimate and electrifying journey that moves between four cinematic layers — performance, family, artist and gypsy — to explore the fascinating world of this pop cultural phenomenon. Here we see her behind the mask as a daughter, mother, sister and grandmother, alongside taking to the stage for a specially commissioned performance, with legendary hits including Pull Up to the Bumper and Slave to the Rhythm showcased in full. Larger than life, bordering on cartoon, wild, scary and androgynous — Grace Jones plays all these parts.

The eagerly awaited doc-biopic, was announced as “an instant cult classic” by one reviewer following its world premiere. Screen International observed how Jones is the undisputed star of the doc, taking the lead throughout the film, with Fiennes’ camera intuitively following her; “entranced”. The result is a film that helps to deconstruct the myths around the iconic singer to reveal a strong but at times, vulnerable woman. RTÉ praised the doc for displaying the multiple facets of Jones' character, noting how the film offers audiences a "chance to bask in the reflected glory of pure theatricality and spectacle."

For a list of Irish cinemas hosting this special preview screening, please click here. The film will be released in Ireland on 27 October. 

The doc was financed by BBC Films and the BFI in association with Roads Entertainment and the TBA21 Foundation and with the participation of Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board.