Amy Winehouse documentary film confirmed

'Senna' director Asif Kapadia has confirmed he and producer James Gay-Rees are to create a documentary film about the late soul singer Amy Winehouse, who they describe as a "once-in-a-generation talent"

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Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse is to have her own documentary film.

Director Asif Kapadia - who helmed the 2010 film 'Senna' about the late Formula One driver Ayrton Senna until his tragic death in 1994 - has chosen the late soul singer as the subject of his new project, it has been confirmed.

James Gay-Rees, who also worked on 'Senna' as well as documentary 'Exit Through the Gift Shop' about artist Banksy, is set to produce the untitled feature, which is to be pitched to the Cannes Film Market by Focus Features International in May.

The duo wrote in a statement: "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.

"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.

"But tragically, Amy seemed to fall apart under the relentless media attention, her troubled relationships, her global success and precarious lifestyle. As a society we celebrated her huge success, but then we were quick to judge her failings when it suited us."

Amy passed away at her flat in Camden, London, in 2011 from alcohol poisoning following the success of her second album 'Back to Black', which has now sold over 12 million copies worldwide since its 2006 release.

Focus' Co-President Alison Thompson trusts the pair's decision to take on the job after their "thought-provoking" look into the racing driver's life.

She said: "Asif and James have the remarkable ability to bring a moving and thought-provoking story to life, as evidenced by 'Senna'."

Amy Winehouse

Over-14s show. Raddled crossover jazz vocalist Amy Winehouse is cleaning up with her sassy, 60s soul-pastiching second album 'Back to Black'.

Amy

  • 5 stars
  • 2015
  • UK
  • 90 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Asif Kapadia
  • UK release: 3 July 2015

Documentary on Amy Winehouse, charting her career from her early days to superstar status and subsequent fall. Kapadai creates an incredibly intimate look at the singer, with clips of her lighter side underlining the gravity of her loss. Punchy, provocative and just plain sad.

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