- 02 Nov 17
Sophie Fiennes’ new documentary about Grace Jones, Bloodlight And Bami, offers a brilliant insight into the fascinating life and career of a cultural icon.
Sophie Fiennes was born to make films – quite literally. One of seven children, her brothers include Ralph, star of Schindler’s List and The English Patient, and Joseph, who shot to prominence with his leading role in Shakespeare In Love. Sophie’s sister Martha is also a film director, while another brother, Magnus, is a composer.
“My mother definitely had an agenda for us,” Fiennes remarks of her upbringing, during which she and her siblings were encouraged to be artistic. “We were some kind of creative experiment that she was involved in. So then you spend a lot of the rest of your life trying to extricate yourself from those kinds of debts and expectations.”
Fiennes seems to have struck the perfect balance, becoming an established filmmaker, while always upending expectation and convention in her work. She has collaborated with the Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek on The Pervert’s Guide To Cinema and The Pervert’s Guide To Ideology; won critical acclaim with her portrait of German artist Anselm Keifer in Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow; and now has turned her attention to capturing the essence of a multi-faceted supertar and cultural icon Grace Jones. Her new documentary, Bloodlight And Bami, is a fascinating odyssey into the world of the celebrated singer and performer.