Grace Jones Documentary Added to BBC Films Slate

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Grace Jones performing in 1980.

BBC Films is backing a documentary on Grace Jones.

The film arm of the British Broadcasting Co., which announced its 25th anniversary projects on March 25, has commissioned Sophie Fiennes to direct Grace Jones -- The Musical Of My Life. Fiennes' film, being co-financed by BFI Film Fund and the Irish Film Board, has been in the works for seven years. BFI chose to fund the film in June.

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James Wilson and Katie Holly are co-producing the film, the first-ever on Jones. It has been described as "a cinematic journey into the private and public worlds of Grace Jones, mixing intimate personal footage with unique staged musical sequences."

A former model who became a new wave sensation in the 1980s with hits such as "Pull Up to the Bumper," "Slave to the Rhythm" and "Private Life," she has long been seen as a musical and fashion influence on scores of female singers. Jones stopped recording with 1989’s Bulletproof Heart, returning in 2008 with Hurricane. She contributed the track "Original Beast" to Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack last year.

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Jones, who will appear in Hyde Park in London on June 21 with Kylie Minogue.

A director and editor, Fiennes will make her music documentary debut with the Jones project. Her last full-length documentaries include The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology and Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow. Fiennes is the sister of actors Ralph and Joseph Fiennes.