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Grace Jones to be Honored in the Bahamas

Grace Jones to be Honored in the Bahamas

Jamaican actress, singer, songwriter and supermodel Grace Jones will be honoured with the Career Achievement Award at the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF), currently underway until December 17.

Serving as the festival’s most prestigious symbol of recognition awarded in appreciation of the lifetime achievements of an actor, BIFF’s Career Achievement Award will be bestowed to Jones on December 15.

BIFF founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool said that in addition to receiving BIFF’s Career Achievement Award, Jones will present her latest film, Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami — the acclaimed documentary from director Sophie Fiennes.

“Grace’s trademark charisma has fuelled memorable performances for decades, but in watching her amazing body of work, the depth of her performances is unmistakable and equally as memorable,” Vanderpool said. “Having Grace in The Bahamas to receive the Career Achievement Award and present the highly acclaimed Bloodlight and Bami is a huge honour for the festival and the audiences who will share in the experience. Grace is a legend, an icon and we are extremely thrilled to recognise her amazing career at the Bahamas International Film Festival.”

Filmed over the course of a decade, the documentary from director Sophie Fiennes offers a stylish and unconventional look at the Jamaican-born model, singer, and New Wave icon. The statuesque model-turned-singer, actress and icon has made a career performing versions of herself.

One of Fiennes early documentaries, Hoover Street Revival, profiled Jones’ brother Noel, a Los Angeles preacher.

This 69-year-old Jones has an impressive filmography, commencing in the 1970s with with the action flick Gordon’s War. She would however strike it big in 1984 with her role in Conan the Destroyer, which would lead to a string of Hollywood films including the James Bond franchise’s A View To A kill, Vamp, and the popular Boomerang which also starred Eddie Murphy, Robin Givens, Eartha Kitt and Halle Berry.

BIFF will showcase more than 82 films from 28 countries, including 12 world premieres, four international premieres, and 57 Caribbean premieres.

Credit: Jamaica Observer


December 14th, 2017

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