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Archival footage and personal testimonials present an intimate portrait of the life and career of British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse.

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Asif Kapadia
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Amy Winehouse ... Self (archive footage)
Lauren Gilbert Lauren Gilbert ... Self
Juliette Ashby Juliette Ashby ... Self
Nick Shymansky Nick Shymansky ... Self
Tyler James ... Self
Guy Moot Guy Moot ... Self
Chris Taylor Chris Taylor ... Self (archive footage)
Nick Gatfield Nick Gatfield ... Self
Ian Barter Ian Barter ... Self (archive footage)
Garry Mulholland Garry Mulholland ... Self (archive footage)
Jonathan Ross ... Self (archive footage)
Janis Collins Janis Collins ... Self (as Janis Winehouse)
Mitch Winehouse ... Self (as Mitchell Winehouse)
Sam Beste Sam Beste ... Self
Bobby Womack ... Self (archive footage)
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A documentary on the life of Amy Winehouse, the immensely talented yet doomed songstress. We see her from her teen years, where she already showed her singing abilities, to her finding success and then her downward spiral into alcoholism and drugs. Written by grantss

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The girl behind the name. See more »


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Rated R for language and drug material | See all certifications »

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Trivia

After watching this film, James Hetfield of Metallica was inspired to write a song called "Moth into Flame". See more »

Goofs

Amy performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival in 2004. At the time the festival was still in The Hague. (And not -yet- in Rotterdam, as the movie states.) She performed at one of the stages in the basement. See more »

Quotes

Janis Winehouse: I realized early on, when Amy made her mind up, she made her mind up, and I found it difficult to stand up to her. She would say, "Oh, Mum, you're so soft with me. I can get away with murder. You should be tougher, Mum."
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Connections

Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

You Always Hurt the Ones You Love (Lyrics Only)
Written by Amy Winehouse
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd
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Heartbreaking and captivating depiction of the life of an incredible talent
30 June 2015 | by themadmoviemanSee all my reviews

This is a fascinating and heartbreakingly sad and dark depiction of the life of a brilliant singer. It's a touching testament to Winehouse's career, relationships and ups and downs, and it takes a very dramatic but powerful approach to telling the story in Asif Kapadia's inventive documentary style.

Kapadia directed my favourite film of all time, Senna, which I have, after countless viewings, found to be incredibly powerfully emotional, consistently exciting and, most of all, stunningly original.

Originality is a hard thing to come by in the documentary genre, but Kapadia, in both Senna and Amy, uses this fascinating style of presenting a documentary in the form of a narrative drama to make it a more engrossing and captivating experience, something that works so well, and makes for an absolutely brilliant watch.

The story of Amy Winehouse is a bittersweet one, and this film does that reality justice. On the one hand, it does a fantastic job of showing her fun-loving and upbeat personality in the years before the health problems started, and it really gives you a lasting image of a completely different Amy Winehouse to the one that almost lived in infamy towards the end of the 2000s.

However, on the other hand, this film is quite brutal and dark to watch due to its very realistic depiction of the impact of drugs, drinking and bad relationships on her life. In the second act of the film, Kapadia does a stunning job of showing how Winehouse's life completely disintegrated due to all of these problems, and it is a truly striking thing to watch.

Despite the darkness of that part of the story, one thing that remains positive throughout is how the film celebrates Winehouse's incredible talent for jazz singing. It interlinks the events of her life with her earliest and most famous singles and turns them into strongly symbolic demonstrations of her deepest emotions and thoughts.

Overall, this is a brilliantly intriguing documentary that will move you to the core. It uses a fantastically inventive narrative style to create a powerful story that shows so clearly the bittersweet nature of the life of an amazing singer.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 July 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amy See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$222,500, 5 July 2015

Gross USA:

$8,413,144

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,706,386
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1.85 : 1
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