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New Grace Jones documentary named 'Bloodlight and Bami' has premiered

A new documentary titled Grace Jones: Bloodlight And Bami premiered during the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on September 7, 2017. 

Bloodlight is Jamaican slang for red light that glows when an artist is recording and bami is traditional Jamaican cassava flatbread.

English Director Sophie Fiennes and the 69-year-old singer, actress and fashion icon spoke to the media at an onstage Q&A following the world premiere of the documentary.

When asked if Jones would do another movie, after appearing in nearly two-dozen as well as TV shows, Jones replied: "My own," and she has been doing that on and off she revealed for the last 10 years.

The new documentary is set to unveil a much softer side to the legendary star, who is widely known for her fierce stage persona. Performances of "Slave to the Rhythm," "Pull Up to the Bumper" and "Nipple to the Bottle" are all examples of her mesmerising and confident stage presence. 

Jones and Fiennes met after the Director made 2002's Hoover Street Revival: Life, Death and God in South Central LA, a documentary about Jones' brother, Bishop Noel Jones.

Speaking about Fiennes, Jones said: "It was as if we connected immediately.

"There was just the magic there; it was meant to be, it was already written. You know what I mean?"

Fiennes said Jones' songs provided a narrative thread for the documentary. "You could structure it through the songs. They were like arias, like 'Love Is the Drug' that you return to with an insistence on a certain theme."

The movie contrasts the dramatic, self-assured visionary with the down-to-earth family-focused mother, daughter, sister, grandmother and lover. 

"So, Grace, what do you see in this film that's different from other representations of you in your career?" asked the moderator for the Q&A. Jones replied:

"There's images I made sure to control as much as possible. It's harder now with internet and stuff, but I was very strict on what went out. 

"Even some things I wanted to go out, some people didn't want to go out because they thought the record company is going to have a problem if that goes out, and I'd say, 'Well, why? I want it out.'

"And they would hold back things. So it's all been a learning experience and feeling confident enough to have these sides that I know. I confided and trusted Sophie on camera, like a fly on the wall."

Watch the trailer for 'Bloodlight and Bami' below and the legendary Grace Jones in action, below:

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