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In her tragically short life, Amy Winehouse was able to have a huge impact musically and culturally. The story of Winehouse’s twenty-seven years of life will be the focus of an upcoming documentary from director Asif Kapadia. Kapadia is critically acclaimed for his documentary, Senna, about race-car driver Aryton Senna, which won awards at the Bafta Awards and Sundance Film Festival. James Gay-Rees, producer of Exit Through The Gift Shop, will also work on the project.
Winehouse’s life was a tragic one. She became incredibly successful after releasing her 2006 album Back To Black, but the attention it brought became an issue. Winehouse had struggled for years with drug and alcohol abuse, and her death in 2011 was a result of it. The presently untitled documentary will take the deepest look into Winehouse’s life, from a filmic stance, to date, and features previously unseen footage.
Kapadia and Gay-Rees released a statement saying, “Amy was a once-in-a-generation talent who captured everyone’s attention. She wrote and sung from the heart and everyone fell under her spell.” The film hopes to capture and display her spirit and talent. Winehouse’s family supports the filmmakers, saying they would “look at Amy’s story sensitively, honestly and without sensationalizing her.”
The documentary will be distributed by Focus Features.