Before joining Club 27 (along with other musical greats Kurt Cobain and Janis Joplin), Amy Winehouse's world was her oyster. The late artist's Back to Black album won multiple Grammy awards, sealing her in the realm of industry chart-toppers and catapulting her into stardom — which ultimately, led to her demise. The rest, as they say, was history. And it is this legacy left behind that is explored in Asif Kapadia's documentary, Amy.
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Since its Cannes premiere last night, critics have been singing praises for Kapadia's efforts, calling it "powerful" and "moving". The director's familiar with such a subject matter, having made Senna, an acclaimed documentary about late Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna, another high-profile individual who passed on at a young age.
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In Amy, Kapadia documents footage from Winehouse's teenage years till shortly before her death, weaving in interview excerpts from 80 people within her circle — family, friends and industry insiders — as well as lines from her melodramatic songs. Focal points of her career and personal life are shown, from her troubled relationship with her father and ex-husband, to the tabloids' obsession that proved too much for the star.
The film's trailer itself is an overcast one. Laced with a chilling quote that will resound continually in your mind, it's Winehouse at her frank best, peppered with a youthful uncertainty.
I don't think I'm going to be at all famous. I don't think I can handle it. I'll probably go mad.
The film's slated for release in the US and UK this July. We'll be keeping our eyes peeled for a local release — maybe only then will we learn to leave her alone.