Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami
Cert: Club. Selected cinemas
In her 1980s heyday, Grace Jones was just a simple supermodel, film star, disco queen and global style icon. Since then, she’s become a byword for divatastic strops. You’ll thus be pleased to hear that at 69, Jones remains as fierce and flamboyant as ever, if this fly-on-the-wall portrait/concert film is anything to go by. We see her remonstrating with TV producers over the sexist stage set they have designed for her. Elsewhere, a session musician gets an earful down the blower. You don’t envy either gentleman.
Sophie Fiennes (sister of Ralph and Joseph) gets unprecedented access to Jones both on the road and back home in Jamaica as she visits her kinspeople. This is interspersed with footage from her typically fabulous Olympia Theatre show last year (and it just about captures that night).
The mundanities behind the curtain sit next to scenes of that hard-to-kill diva exigence which is a big part of why we’re all here. The former, however, can be a tad yawnsome and the film is 20 minutes or so too long. For fans only.