Film: Sophie Fiennes’s “Grace Jones–The Musical of My Life”


Grammy-nominated, Jamaican-born singer, model, and actress Grace Jones will be featured in the documentary film biopic “Grace Jones–The Musical of My Life” by Sophie Fiennes. According to the media, Fiennes and Jones have been working on this “multi-narrative journey through the private and public life of the performer” since 2005; it is set for release in the UK in 2017. The British Blacklist reports:

Starting as a collaborative project between film maker Sophie Fiennes and iconic performer ‪Grace Jones in 2005, the “multi-narrative” presentation of the private and public life of the age-defying Jamaican-born legend has secured a UK distribution deal through ‪‎Picturehouse Entertainment!

A natural talent possessed of androgynous looks which influenced the cross-gender glamour of the I980s, Jones won enviable modelling contracts with Yves Saint Laurent and Kenzo Takada; Grammy nominations as a singer (Pull Up To The Bumper, 1980, Slave To The Rhythm, 1985); and unforgettable roles as Zula in Conan The Destroyer (1984), FIRST black female on a Bond promotional poster in Bond 14 as May Day in A View To A Kill (1985), the ever quotable Strangé in Boomerang (1991) and Evilene in The Wiz (1997). All of this meant that she has been a muse and inspiration for numerous artists, including South Sudanese supermodel Alek Wek, and musicians Annie Lennox, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Lorde, Nile Rodgers, Massive Attack and Gorillaz, amongst many others.

Financing for such an obviously fascinating subject was raised through BBC Films, the BFI in association with Roads Entertainment, the TBA21 Foundation and with the participation of the Irish Film Board (Bord Scannán na hÉireann).

[. . .] Fiennes said, “This project with Grace has been an extraordinary journey… We look forward to welcoming her audience to participate in our film and contributing to conjuring the Grace magic.”

Picturehouse will release the Grace Jones – The Musical Of My Life in the UK in 2017.

[Photo above from Vogue, 1977; source:]

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