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Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami ()


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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... See more »

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Herself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lowell 'Sly' Dunbar ...
Himself (as Sly Dunbar)
Jean-Paul Goude ...
Himself
Marjorie Jones ...
Herself, Grace Jones' mother
Robbie Shakespeare ...
Himself

Directed by

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Sophie Fiennes

Produced by

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Émilie Blézat ... executive producer
Sophie Fiennes ... producer
Lizzie Francke ... executive producer: BFI
Shani Hinton ... producer
Katie Holly ... producer
Beverly Jones ... producer
Christine Langan ... executive producer: BBC Films
Alan Maher ... executive producer: Roads Entertainment
Mary McCarthy ... line producer: Dublin Theatre Unit
Joe Oppenheimer ... executive producer: BBC Films
Keith Potter ... executive producer: Bord Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board
Danielle Ryan ... executive producer
Danielle Ryan ... executive producer: Roads Entertainment
Francesca von Habsburg ... executive producer
James Wilson ... executive producer

Cinematography by

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Remko Schnorr

Editorial Department

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Emmaline Dowling ... contributors clearances
Cillian Duffy ... on-line editor
David Dusa ... dv digitising
Jonathan Liebert ... digital cinema mastering
Caoimhe Maguire ... post facility co-ordinator
Jennifer McCann ... post facility co-ordinator
Eugene McCrystal ... colourist
Sam Noone ... on-line assistant editor
Violet Ogden ... dv logging
Shane Woods ... technical assistant editor

Production Design by

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Zia Bergin-Holly ... (Dublin Theatre Unit)
Eiko Ishioka ... (Original Staging Concept)

Makeup Department

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Pablo Rodriguez ... make up: Dublin Theatre Unit

Production Management

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Kamal Ackarie ... grace jones production manager
Sinead Barry ... dublin unit production co-ordinator
Ken Binley ... unit manager: Observe/NEP Group
Kate Farnon ... production trainee
Rob Furey ... production manager: Dublin Theatre Unit
Kim Manning ... production trainee
Kate McDonnell ... production trainee
Ruairí Moore ... film production co-ordinator

Sound Department

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Niall Brady ... dialogue editor
Cameron Craig ... live recordings mixed by
Steve Fanagan ... sound designer / supervising sound editor
Garret Farrell ... re-recording mixer
Sophie Fiennes ... documentary sound
Jack Fitzpatrick ... sound assistant
Ivor Guest ... live recordings mixed by
Robert Logan ... synthesizer programming
Will O'Donovan ... sound guarantee
James Watson ... additional work on 'nipple to the bottle'

Visual Effects by

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Kevin O'Brien ... vfx

Camera and Electrical Department

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Cillian Agnew ... rigger
Eduard Bachrach ... camera car driver
Olaya Chesneau ... film loader
Darren Chesney ... film loader
Ben Couch ... laser operator: Dublin Theatre Unit
Ben Cousins ... crane tech
John Docherty ... rigger/driver
Richie Donnelly ... camera operator
Conor Downey ... general lx
Sophie Fiennes ... documentary camera
John Foster ... grip
Eamon Fox ... chief lx
Penny-Merelle Grey ... camera trainee
Mike Gunning ... lighting consultant: Dublin Theatre Unit
Dan Hegarty ... stabilised head tech
Tim Hood ... camera crane operator
Declan King ... focus puller
Chris Levine ... laser artist: Dublin Theatre Unit
Gabe Levy ... film loader
Alan Matthews ... rigger
Ivan McCullough ... camera operator
Gary McGuire ... general lx
Sinead McKenna ... lighting designer: Dublin Theatre Unit
Barry McSkeen ... follow spot
Ivan Meagher ... focus puller
Iarla Morrissey ... show lx
Ruairí O'Brien ... camera operator
Shane O'Neill ... focus puller
Rory O'Riordan ... focus puller
Mick O'Rourke ... camera operator
Zianna Pfeiffer ... assistant camera
Graham Scully ... film loader
Kevin Smith ... lx programmer: Dublin Theatre Unit
Paul Tsan ... key grip
Danny van Deventer ... key focus puller
Cormac Veale ... lx 1
Jamie Walsh ... rigger/driver
Gosia Zur ... camera trainee

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Jasper Conran ... corset designer: Dublin Theatre Unit
Karen Crichton ... corset costumier: Dublin Theatre Unit
Jane Dickerson ... head of wardrobe: Dublin Theatre Unit
Fay Fullerton ... seamstress: Dublin Theatre Unit
Goran Illicic ... wardrobe assistant: Dublin Theatre Unit
Eiko Ishioka ... death's head mask: Dublin Theatre Unit
Chris Jones ... wardrobe assistant: Dublin Theatre Unit
Philip Treacy ... hats designed by

Music Department

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Uziah 'Sticky' Thompson ... percussion: Featured Studio Musicians
Nick Angel ... music supervisor
Cameron Craig ... the grace jones band recorded by
Lowell 'Sly' Dunbar ... drums: Featured Studio Musicians (as Sly Dunbar)
Louis Eliot ... lead guitar: The Grace Jones Band
Aleysha Gordon ... background vocals: The Grace Jones Band
Paulo Goude ... percussion: The Grace Jones Band
Adam Green ... lead guitar: Featured Studio Musicians
Ivor Guest ... musical director
Malcom Joseph ... bass guitar: The Grace Jones Band
Hannah Khemoh ... background vocals: The Grace Jones Band
Andrew McLean ... drums: The Grace Jones Band
Don-e McLean ... keyboards: The Grace Jones Band
Robbie Shakespeare ... bass guitar: Featured Studio Musicians
Martin Slattery ... keyboards: Featured Studio Musicians
Charles Stuart ... keyboards: percussion onstage MD
Vicki Williams ... music consultant

Transportation Department

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Trevor Price ... set transport

Other crew

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Darren Alexander ... backline tech drums
Maya Amsellem ... international sales: WestEnd Films
Jacqui Barr ... marketing executive: BBC Films
Stefan Bartlett ... philip treacy management
Guilaine Bergeret ... production assistant: Sciapode Sarl
Andy Bernstein ... tour manager
Mike Berridge ... ob engineer
Jean-Paul Berthoin ... stills photographer
Adrian Boot ... stills photographer
Lucie Braverman ... Head of Marketing, WestEnd Films
Kathrin Brinkmann ... commissioning editor: ZDF/Arte
Zoe Brown ... head of legal & business affairs: BBC Films
Adrian Bull ... film recording
Virginia Burgess ... business affairs manager: BFI
Oisin Byrne ... creative consultant
Sarah-Jane Colgan ... office manager: Blinder Films
Dylan Connolly ... tech manager
Jason Coogan ... stage technician
Steve Curran ... business development manager
Ciara Davey ... artist liaison
Sarah Dillon ... production & development executive: Bord Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board
Yvonne Donohoe ... head of development: Blinder Films (as Yvonne Donohue)
Neil Douglas ... backline tech keyboards
RJ Fernandez ... additional colour
Prince Gamede ... grace jones rehearsal stand-in
Sean Gormley ... ob engineer
John Gurney ... film processing
John Heffernan ... head rigger
James Hickey ... chief executive: Bord Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board
Ruth Hunter ... legal services for blinder films: Matheson
Kristin Irving ... development executive: BFI
Vanja Joncic ... security
James Kay ... legal services for ms. jones: Sheridans
Johnny Kearns ... stage technician
Aoife Kelly ... production executive: Blinder Films
Ian Kirk ... head of production finance: BFI
Adrian Leake ... tech stage manager
Niki St Ledger ... operations manager
Benny Lynch ... stage manager
Matteo Manzini ... title design: AWolff Studio
Teresa McCabe ... general manager
Aileen McCauley ... business & legal affairs co-ordinator: Bord Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board
Charles McDonald ... film publicist
Teresa McGrane ... deputy chief executive: Bord Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board
Aoife McLaughlin ... venue manager: Olympia Theatre
Judith Mok ... vocal coach
Lucie Mollof ... translation: Sciapode Sarl
Fiona Morham ... head of production: BFI
Clive Nichols ... film processing
Fearga O'Doherty ... stage manager
Aoife O'Kelly ... production assistant: Blinder Films
John O'Sullivan ... Media Insurance
Yogi Patel ... film scanning
Tony Puzas ... film processing
Anil Ravdjee ... Sales Executive: WestEnd Films
Théo Ribeton ... production trainee: Sciapode Sarl
Sophie Ridley ... event health and safety officer
Ben Roberts ... director of the lottery film fund: BFI
Alison Russell ... grace jones line producer 2005 - 06
Louise Ryan ... marketing & communications manager: Bord Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board
Michelle Ryan ... epk filming
Ruth Sanders ... legal & production assistant: BBC Films
Livy Sandler ... legal & business affairs manager: BBC Films
Eve Schoukroun ... international sales-westend films
Emma Scott ... distribution manager: Bord Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board
Sabrina Sheehan ... event publicity: Mission PR
Steve Sheridan ... film processing
Jef Streatfield ... backline tech guitars
Emily Thomas ... archive research
Simon Thornton ... technical supervisor
Robin Tombs ... monitors engineer
Pat Tunbridge ... foh engineer
Willie Wade ... paramedic
Kieron J. Walsh ... executive producer: Blinder Films
Billi Webster ... production accountant
Ed Wethered ... development executive: BBC Films
Rob Wickings ... film scanning
Michael Wood ... senior business manager: BBC Films
Jim Wren ... film scanning
Fanny Yvonnet ... production assistant: Sciapode Sarl
Adam J. Segal ... publicist: regional (uncredited)

Thanks

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Annabelle 'Azella' Amigues ... special thanks
Kelly Berridge ... special thanks
Chris Blackwell ... special thanks
Guillaume Bougard ... special thanks
Ashling Cummins ... special thanks
Blaine Davidson ... special thanks
Milfid Ellis ... special thanks
Brian Eno ... special thanks
Amanda Erlenbach ... special thanks
Horace Fiennes ... special thanks
Ralph Fiennes ... special thanks
Leonie Gombrich ... special thanks
Athena Goude ... special thanks
Jean-Paul Goude ... special thanks
Marjorie Grant ... special thanks
Marina Guinness ... special thanks
Marie Helvin ... special thanks
Amber Rae Hylton ... special thanks
Chris Jones ... special thanks
Marjorie Jones ... special thanks
Mark Jones ... special thanks
Noel Jones ... special thanks
Robert Winston Jones ... special thanks
Denis Jouffrey ... special thanks
Olivier Kaefer ... special thanks
Dominique Lacloche ... special thanks
Virginia Lagoons ... special thanks
Eleanor McGuinness ... special thanks
Spud Murphy ... special thanks
Ms. Myrtle ... special thanks
Toshio Nakanishi ... special thanks
Suzette Newman ... special thanks
Peter Nigrini ... special thanks
Ian Parkinson ... special thanks
Patrizia Raeli ... special thanks
Tracy Roberts ... special thanks
Martin Rosenbaum ... special thanks
Squad Salih ... special thanks
Billy Scurry ... special thanks
Cathy Snipper ... special thanks
Sherlene Sparkes ... special thanks
Chantelle Szczech-Jones ... special thanks
Kevin Thornton ... special thanks
Ishmael Thoth ... special thanks
Paul Timoney ... special thanks
Philip Treacy ... special thanks
Thomas Warren ... special thanks
Robert Wierzel ... special thanks
Imani Wilson ... special thanks
Sayoko Yamaguchi ... special thanks

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Plot Summary

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. In Jamaican patois, 'Bloodlight' is the red light that illuminates when an artist is recording and 'Bami' means bread, the substance of daily life. Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami weaves together the layers of Grace Jones' public and private life, as she moves effortlessly between different facets: she is gypsy, artist and partying hedonist, warm and funny but also a fierce and tenacious businesswoman. The performance continues to move thematically though the film, with Love Is The Drug acting like an aria, bringing the film to its final and most touching scenes. This is a Grace we have not seen before, someone who reminds us of what it is to dare to be truly alive.

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Taglines An electrifying journey through the performance, private and public worlds of pop cultural icon Grace Jones. See more »
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Also Known As
  • La vie en Grace Jones (France)
  • Amazing Grace (Germany)
  • Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami - Das Leben einer Ikone (Germany)
  • Grace Jones. La pantera del Pop (Spain)
  • Grace Jones (Poland)
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  • 115 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia According to the studio, the film's name is derived from Jamaican Patois: Bloodlight being the red light that illuminates when an artist is recording, and Bami meaning bread, "the substance of daily life". See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Episode dated 26 October 2017 (2017). See more »
Soundtracks Jones the Rhythm See more »
Quotes Grace Jones: These muscles are tight. I wish my pussy was this tight.
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