The life of Amy Winehouse was not long, but it was remarkable. A tabloid castaway, a moralist’s ghost of Christmas Yet-to-Come, a troubled victim of fame, a dazzling chanteuse with a voice, whiskey soaked and playful, that stopped anyone who heard it in their tracks, Amy Winehouse was all of these.
What we are hoping for, from Senna director Asif Kapadia, is some semblance of the whole. The unsteady amalgam of a person, posthumously remembered and doused in rose-tints, is a danger Kapaidia avoided in his breakout film based on the life of Arton Senna, and he has chosen another potent name for his latest film.
Along with the promise of unseen footage and new interviews is both the notion that we’ll get to see a further side to Amy Winehouse, and perhaps with four years’ distance we will discover anew what a hole she left in our world.
Here’s the new trailer, the film is out in UK cinemas on the 3rd of July, 2015.
From BAFTA award-winning director Asif Kapadia (Senna), AMY tells
the incredible story of six-time Grammy-winner Amy Winehouse – in her own words.
Featuring extensive unseen archive footage and previously unheard tracks, this
strikingly modern, moving and vital film shines a light on the world we live in, in a way
that very few can.
A once-in-a-generation talent and a pure jazz artist in the most authentic sense,
Amy wrote and sung from the heart using her musical gifts to analyse her own
problems. The combination of her raw honesty and supreme talent resulted in some
of the most original and adored songs of the modern era.
Her huge success, however, resulted in relentless and invasive media attention
which coupled with Amy’s troubled relationships and precarious lifestyle saw her life
tragically begin to unravel.
Amy Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning in July 2011 at the age of 27.