English director Sophie Fiennes became a truly recognisable name after her two very popular, playful yet rigorous essay films on Slovene philosopher Slavoj Zizek. Five years later, she delights again with a documentary much less stylised than her previous work, but just as vibrant.
Filmed over a the course of a decade, Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami offers an all-access look into the life of the international star of ‘La Vie en Rose’ — the 1977 bossa nova version. From hotel rooms to television appearances, from the singer’s native Jamaica to nightclubs all over the world, Fiennes’ documentary follows Jones everywhere and with the same hunger, assurance, and energy as the now 69-year-old icon. The film is a fun, thrilling, and inspiring collaboration between two women who completely understand and respect each other — as friends, artists, and women.
The Seventh Row caught up with Sophie Fiennes in Toronto to discuss her process, working with great quantities of footage spread over several years, performativity, trust, and being “a high-flying bitch.”