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About the Film
From BAFTA award-winning director Asif Kapadia (SENNA), AMY tells the incredible story of six-time Grammy-winner Amy Winehouse - in her own words. Featuring extensive unseen archive footage and previously unheard tracks, this strikingly modern, moving and vital film shines a light on the world we live in, in a way that very few can. A once-in-a-generation talent, Amy Winehouse was a musician that captured the world's attention. A pure jazz artist in the most authentic sense - she wrote and sung from the heart using her musical gifts to analyse her own problems. The combination of her raw honesty and supreme talent resulted in some of the most unique and adored songs of the modern era. Her huge success, however, resulted in relentless and invasive media attention which coupled with Amy’s troubled relationships and precarious lifestyle saw her life tragically begin to unravel. Amy Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning in July 2011 at the age of 27.
you must see it.
Amy - who else!
The trailer alone gave me goose bumps, can't wait to see the film!
There has been a lot of publicity about this film and a whole array of 5 star reviews. Usually, films like this are never as good as they promise to be, but in the case of Amy, it's time to believe the hype!
I cannot confess to ever being a fan of Amy Winehouse. I liked a few of her tracks and bought the Back to Black album, but I never understood what a modern masterpiece it really was ... until now.
This docu-collage of her life starts off in a very simple way. In fact, the first 20 minutes or so are very uninvolving. However, it doesn't take much longer for the real drama to begin.
The skill of this film is in the way it has spliced together amateur and professional footage, the 'voice' of those who grew up with her, and the onscreen lyrics to her tracks. Her whole musical being was purely cathartic. Every lyric of her song is born from real life events. I now listen to her tracks and experience a new emotional rawness.
The film exposes her home life and upbringing, all of which are shown for examination but never commented on.
The editing process of the film apparently took three years. It is only when you replay each scene in your mind that you realise what a genius the director is.
There are several deeply disturbing scenes, not because of what they show in a given moment but because you know when you see them how tragic the results of these actions will eventually be.
I felt quite choked on leaving the cinema. I felt like I had witnessed someone's journey in life in less than 120 minutes and seen how dark humanity can really be.
I wasn't a fan before she died, and I'm not a fan now. But I am a fan of this brilliant piece of cinema.