How did Amy Winehouse become one of the UK’s most iconic singers of all time in such a short period of time? A new documentary coming this summer aims to explain just that.
Simply and appropriately-titled Amy, the feature will look at the life of the troubled yet talented British singer-songwriter, who passed away at the age of 27 in 2011 due to alcohol poisoning. The movie is said to use plenty of previously-unseen footage of Winehouse in an attempt to show her for who she was behind the tabloid escapades. Amy is also expected to contain recordings not heard before by audiences anywhere.
The documentary is set to hit theaters in the UK on July 3rd, which is just a few weeks shy of the four year anniversary of the singer’s death. Deadline reports that though there is no word about an American release, it will likely find its way here thanks to buzz generated at early viewings.
While she was and always will be loved more in the UK than anywhere else, interest in the singer remains high around the world, so it’s likely that this film will be picked up and released globally.
Amy is directed by British filmmaker Asif Kapadia, who is well-known and celebrated in his home country. He has won two BAFTA awards in his relatively short career, one for Best British Film for The Warrior (which is impressive, as the movie was in Hindi, not English), and again several years later for Best Documentary for Senna, which tells the life and death of one of Brazil’s most famous car racers, Ayrton Senna.
Though she only released two proper albums, Winehouse is one of the best-selling and most respected artists in British history. Her albums Frank and Back To Black sold millions, and the latter was a breakout hit around the world, launching hits like “Rehab” and “You Know I’m No Good”. The year that Black was released, the singer won five of the six Grammys she was nominated for, only losing the highly-coveted Album of the Year to Herbie Hancock in a surprise upset.
Since her untimely passing several years ago, the singer’s estate has released a collection of unreleased tracks entitled Lioness: Hidden Treasures, which went to number one in the UK and number five in America. She has also been nominated for two posthumous Grammys, winning one with Tony Bennett for their duet “Body and Soul”.