Asif Kapadia’s unmissable-looking documentary AMY examines the tragically short life of the brilliantly talented singer-songwriter.
Amy Winehouse was an incredibly talented British singer-songwriter and the subject of a stunning-looking documentary called AMY from director Asif Kapadia, whose previous documentary the BAFTA-winning Senna was one of my favourite movies from 2012. The singer’s stratospheric rise to success was wondrous to watch but then due to a battle with addiction which was splashed across the media and a fated love affair, her life became a tragically brief one when she died aged just 27.
Using the same technique as in Senna, Kapadia presents archival footage, clips and interviews to create a heartbreaking portrait in the singer’s own words of a gifted artist whose brief time in the spotlight proved just as destructive as what eventually ended her life in 2011. With contributions from admirers and collaborators including the legendary Tony Bennett and producer Mark Ronson – with whom you get to watch her record the now-iconic single Back to Black – we also hear from her father Mitch Winehouse, childhood friend Juliette Ashby and her manager from 1999-2006 Nick Shymansky.
From the look of the brilliant trailer that was assembled for this year’s Cannes film festival, this will be an emotional journey.