Irish Doc, Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami, to Open TIFF
Congratulations to the Blinder Films’-produced doc, Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami, which has been selected as the opening night film for the documentary strand of the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF); screening on Thursday, 7 September. The screening will also be the doc's world premiere.
Directed by Sophie Fiennes and produced by Katie Holly of Blinder Films, alongside Fiennes and Shani Hinton in association with JW Films, the doc follows the iconic singer, Grace Jones, over the course of a decade, with Fiennes beginning filming in 2005.
Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami is an electrifying journey through the performance, private and public worlds of pop cultural icon Grace Jones. Jones’ bold aesthetic echoes throughout the film as director Sophie Fiennes creates a powerful cinematic experience, contrasting musical sequences with intimate personal footage and reaching beyond the iconic mask.
The stage is where Grace Jones’ 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 unique performances of her iconic hits, Slave To The Rhythm and Pull Up To The Bumper as well as more recent autobiographical tracks, Williams' Blood, This Is and Hurricane. These personal songs link to the film’s narrative that follows Grace on a holiday road trip across her native Jamaica, with her son Paulo and niece Chantal. Here the family’s roots and the story of her traumatic childhood are uncovered.
Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami is the third Irish title to be selected for TIFF 2017, following previously announced films: The Breadwinner, directed by Nora Twomey and Mary Shelley, directed by Haifaa Al-Monsour.
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.
Check out the first clip from Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami here. The doc will be released in cinemas on 27 October.
The 2017 Toronto International Film Festival takes place from 7–17 September and more information can be found here.