Director: Asif Kapadia
Producer: James Gay-Rees
A Playmaker Films and Universal Music Production
Amy is the latest film from the multiple BAFTA-winning team behind the acclaimed Senna. This time, they explore the life of Amy Winehouse, five-time Grammy award-winner and arguably Britain’s greatest female singer/songwriter of this millennium. Using never-before-seen archival footage, Amy tells the story, in the megastar’s own uncensored words and actions, of a tragic young woman from London who came of age in the public eye, whose genius and artistry propelled a celebrity she could never truly come to terms with.
Amy rose to international fame with her second album Back to Black, which has sold over 12 million copies worldwide (multiple times platinum in many countries) since its release in 2006. She was admired by many and performed with such varied artists as Tony Bennett, Prince, Mark Ronson and the Rolling Stones. She died tragically in 2011 of accidental alcohol poisoning, aged 27, joining the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and Janis Joplin in the infamous ‘27 Club’.
“This is an incredibly modern, emotional and relevant film that has the power to capture the zeitgeist and shine a light on the world we live in, in a way that very few films can,” says director Asif Kapadia (Senna, The Warrior) and producer James Gay-Rees (Senna, Exit Through The Giftshop). “Amy was a once in a generation talent who captured our imagination in a way that not many musicians can; she wrote and sang from the heart and everyone fell under her spell. But tragically Amy seemed to gradually fall apart under the relentless pressure of her success, constant media attention, troubled relationships and precarious lifestyle. As a society we celebrated her huge success but then we were quick to judge her failings when it suited us.”