The BBC’s film division is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and recently announced a series of projects marking its quarter century. Sophie Fiennes has been commissioned to direct Grace Jones: The Musical Of My Life. The film is reported to have been in the works for seven years, and is co-financed by the BFI Film Fund and the Irish Film Board.
The documentary is the first ever film on the former model who rose to fame as a singer in the 1980s, and is described as “a cinematic journey into the private and public worlds of Grace Jones, mixing intimate personal footage with unique staged musical sequences.”
The Beeb describes the film as an “observational portrait” and “a multi-narrative journey through the private and public realms of the legendary singer and performer”.
Jamaican-born Jones, now 66, once modelled for Yves Saint Laurent and Kenzo Takada and appeared on the cover of Vogue. She blew Paris away with her incredible dark skin, androgynous looks and unmatchable presence. After modelling she turned her hand to music and scored a number of successful hits, including “Slave To The Rhythm” and “Pull Up To The Bumper”.
Look at music today and its easy to see where her influence has been felt – artists such as FKA Twigs and Nicki Minaj have surely taken leads from Jones’ fearless approach to feminity and creativity. The film is said to be an observational portrait of a bold woman who changed so much.
Jones’ first three albums will also be remastered and reissued later this year in a box set entitled The Disco Years