Official US Trailer for 'Grace Jones: Bloodlight & Bami' Documentary
by Alex Billington
March 22, 2018
"Did you ever think that Grace would be a movie star?" "Sure, baby." Kino Lorber has revealed a brand new, full-length official US trailer for the documentary Grace Jones: Bloodlight & Bami, from director Sophie Fiennes, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year and already opened in Europe last fall. Originally titled Grace Jones - The Musical of My Life, the film tells the life story of artist/dancer/actor Grace Jones, who some may recognize as May Day from A View to a Kill, though her career is much more diverse ranging from dance to art to music and much more. Described as an "electrifying journey through the public and private worlds of pop culture mega-icon Grace Jones contrasts musical sequences with intimate personal footage, all the while brimming with Jones’s bold aesthetic." The first two trailers didn't show much, but this one finally gives us a better look with more of the fun footage in this very personal doc.
Here's the full-length US trailer for Sophie Fiennes' doc Grace Jones: Bloodlight & Bami, on YouTube:
You can still see the very first teaser trailer for Grace Jones: Bloodlight & Bami here, or the second teaser.
Larger than life, wild, scary and androgynous - Grace Jones plays all these parts. Yet here we also discover her as a lover, daughter, mother, sister and even grandmother, as she submits herself to our gaze and allows us to understand what constitutes her mask. The stage is where her 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 Grace's unique performances singing iconic hits such as Slave To The Rhythm, Pull Up To The Bumper, as well as the more recent autobiographical tracks Williams' Bloods and Hurricane. These personal songs also link to Grace's family life, as the film takes us on a holiday road trip across Jamaica, where her family roots and the story of her traumatic childhood are uncovered. Grace Jones: Bloodlight & Bami is directed by filmmaker Sophie Fiennes, of the films Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow and The Pervert's Guide to Ideology previously. The film first premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year, and opened in the UK last fall. Kino Lorber will release the doc in select theaters starting April 13th this spring.
I was never very much interested in her work, but I do understand that she was something quite different when she appeared during 1980s. She was an icon of something different. I think that even she's not aware of what ...
shiboleth on Mar 22, 2018
Never cared about her or about her "style'. ;D Same apply for Prince.
tarek on Mar 23, 2018
You could mention Freddie Mercury in that respect too. There's something ominous about their 'success', if that's what their careers are. They all came out of 1980s (ok, Queen has existed earlier, but still, the full recognition came in 1980s), a strange decade where a lot of distinctive differences showed up but almost none of them said anything. Like a pure expression of empty form of difference, devoid of anything meaningful ...
shiboleth on Mar 23, 2018
growing up in the 80s.... I would classify none of the artists mentioned in your dialogue with @tarektoverso:disqus ....Prince, Freddie and Grace... as 'devoid of anything meaningful.' Putting their respective race and culture aside.... all three of them pushed the envelope and challenged what the meaning of the relationships between artistry, talent and sexuality was in the landscape of popular music. They also showed the world what a woman from Jamaica who didn't sing reggae, an East African who blew the doors of rock music and an androgynous looking jock from Minneapolis could do. That just my 2 cents. Peace dudes!
Duane on Mar 24, 2018
Ten years ago, I would agree with you. But today, I'm not sure,, not at all. No substance behind what they do or did do. Yes, those were all success stories, but I maintain that those didn't contain anything meaningful. Or to put it bluntly, I don't see anything meaningful or worthy of mention in "challenging what the meaning of the relationships between artistry, talent and sexuality'. I have no problem with realizing that many people would confront me on this, but there were always something in the relationship of mentioned categories, much before 1980s. The only change that happened is that those things have finally become marketable. Not much more substance in it, though, but still, a pure expression. And also, mentioned artists did manage to get their messages through, but there was nothing artistic in them except a new way of exercising some showmanship. Which is good for them, but that's all. They were just a new fuel for the entertaining industry, nothing more ... Peace back ...
shiboleth on Mar 24, 2018
Im curious as to what changed your perspective in ten years...and what or who you would have considered meaningful or substantial. Me personally there aren't a lot of modern musicians that have grabbed me. I keep going back to the old school. Thanks for the dialogue!
Duane on Mar 24, 2018
Well, what I thought of interesting before (and sometimes still is) in time has become insubstantial to me (which I find more important), or already present. I think, artists like the mentioned ones existed before. Of course, there are differences, but mostly, they don't represent a movement forward but idiosyncrasies at best and make a case for some specific expressionism, relating many different elements. But that holds nothing substantial and meaningful, only the new paradigm for the entertainment industry. Good for them. Yeah, no problem for dialogue. Cheers ...
shiboleth on Mar 25, 2018
Grace Jones was and is still cool beyond cool!
Charles Knowlton on Mar 22, 2018
I wonder if it will ruin the mystery of her? Still would love to see this.
Carpola on Mar 22, 2018
Looks fine, but just doesn't hold interest to me. I'm sure its niche is out there though.
DAVIDPD on Mar 23, 2018
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