Grace Jones: Blood­light and Bami

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Living - - CINEMA - HI­LARY A WHITE

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.

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