Grace Jones: Floodlight and BAMI

A larger-than-life entertainer, an androgynous glam-pop diva, an unpredictable media presence for over 40 years – Grace Jones is all these things and more. Sophie Fiennes’s documentary goes beyond the traditional music biography, taking us home to her family in Jamaica, and into the studio with long-time collaborators Sly & Robbie. But the stage is the where the pop diva shines, with eye-popping performances of “Slave to the Rhythm,” “Pull Up to the Bumper,” “Love is the Drug,” and more. Jones herself has said watching the film “will be like seeing me almost naked” and, indeed, Fiennes’s treatment is every bit as definition-defying as its subject, untamed by either age or life itself. (115 mins)

“It’s a celebration of her musicality and extraterrestrial scariness, and a reminder that films about female singing stars need not be gallant tributes to tragically doomed fragility.” – Peter Bradshaw, the Guardian

“Jones is a marvel, really, all the more so now that time has refined and enhanced her unflagging lust for life. Fiennes delivers a documentary which captures that spirit in a way that’s cinematic and rousing.” – Fionnuala Halligan, Screen International