Grace Jones doc-biopic set for 2017 release

UK release of Sophie Fiennes’s documentary backed by BBC Films and the BFI – producers set Ireland concert.

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Sophie Fiennes’s (The Pervert’s Guide To Cinema) doc-biopic Grace Jones – The Musical Of My Life, about the iconic actress, singer and model, will be released by Picturehouse Entertainment in 2017. Fiennes and Jones have been working on the film – a multi-narrative journey through the private and public life of the performer – since 2005.

The film’s producers, in collaboration with Sligoville, u:mack and Mother, have arranged a concert for the singer to be held at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre next month, with footage from the event to be included in the film.

Fiennes said of the concert: “This project with Grace has been an extraordinary journey ‘following the yellow brick road’. We look forward to welcoming her audience to participate in our film and contributing to conjuring the Grace magic.”

Jamaican-born Jones – Grammy nominated for her music – has starred in features including A View To A Kill and Conan The Destroyer and modelled for designers including Yves Saint Laurent and Kenzo Takada.

Picturehouse Entertainment director of programming and acquisitions Clare Binns told Screen: “I am absolutely thrilled to be working once more with Sophie and her team on another exciting doc after The Pervert’s Guide To Ideology. Grace is one of my favourite recording artists, her talent mixed with Sophie’s filmmaking skill and our expertise at delivering innovative music docs like 20,000 Days On Earth and Made Of Stone means we’re looking at a killer combo. Bring it on.”


Photo credit: Jean-Paul Goude