After just three weekends at the box office, the Amy Winehouse documentary has already proven to be the top-grossing documentary of the year and looks set to be one of the biggest in recent times. The film has been getting rave reports from critics and stars alike. Cara Delevingne Instagrammed this snap of Amy with the caption, ‘Rest in peace Amy Winehouse. You are missed. If you haven’t seen the Amy documentary then go and see it.’
Here’s what you have to expect.
Amy Winehouse. We know. It’s hard to believe that we lost that fiercely talented force of nature, with her stacked beehive, tattoos and trademark eyeliner flicks, four years ago this summer.
It’ll be one of those that’ll go down in history as a ‘where were you when’ moment for all of us (not just devoted fans) that felt the sadness and tragedy of her death from alcohol poisoning on July 23rd 2011, aged only 27.
It is out of the ashes of her passing that new documentary Amy, from BAFTA award winning director Asif Kapadia, hits cinemas today, telling the in-depth story of a prodigal child talent that went on to become one of the most beloved and iconic female artists of our generation.
What you may not know is that this documentary is causing a lot of attention and disparity within the media because, rather than focusing on the senselessness of Amy’s demise, it in fact sets out to celebrate her life with extensive unseen footage, previously unheard tracks, and starkly honest interviews with those that loved her best.
Interestingly, even though the documentary lays no blame at anyone’s door, there is a definite decision made by the director to suggest that it was those closest to the six-time Grammy winner that helped her push that final self-destruct button. Even more interestingly, the Winehouse family has since disassociated itself from Amy following the documentary’s lauded premiere at the Cannes Film Festival earlier in the year.
And aside from the darkness that surrounded this troubled songstress in her later days, Amy also explores the more playful side of Miss Winehouse, her infectious personality, and her absolute desire to be loved. All in all, a poignant reminder of a light so cruelly snuffed out.
Either way, Amy will no doubt be as controversial and as heart wrenching as the subject herself, and will inevitably stir up those feelings of overwhelming awe we all experienced the very first time we heard Back To Black.
Don’t miss it.
Photos: Rex & stills from the film