BBC Films lines up Grace Jones, David LaChapelle docs

Sophie Fiennes' doc about singer Grace Jones (pictured) and a David LaCappelle-choreographed doc about ballet dancer Sergei Polunin are among the titles on BBC Films' 25th anniversary slate.
March 26, 2015

Sophie Fiennes‘ feature documentary about singer Grace Jones (pictured), a David LaCappelle-choreographed doc about Ukrainian ballet dancer Sergei Polunin and a doc about jockey AP McCoy are among the titles on BBC Films’ 25th anniversary slate.

One of three feature docs to receive BFI Film Fund support last year, Fiennes’ Grace Jones – The Musical of My Life is billed as a “multi-narrative journey” into the private and public lives of the Jamaican singer, actress and model and will mix personal footage with unique staged musical sequences.

Katie Holly, James Wilson and Emilie Blézat are producing alongside Fiennes, whose doc credits include The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema and The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology starring philosopher Slavoj Žižek. The Irish Film Board is also cofinancing the film.

Steven Cantor is directing Tiger Son, a documentary about the youngest-ever star of the Royal Ballet, Sergei Polunin. The film will feature additional footage by Ross MacGibbon and David LaChapelle, who is also choreographing. Polunin joined the Royal Ballet at age 13 and became a principal dancer at 19, but decided to walk away from his career two years later in 2012. Gaby Tana is producing.

Finally, BBC Films is also producing a documentary about AP McCoy that follows the jockey in the final year of his career as he attempts to become a horse racing champion for the 20th time.

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