The new Amy Winehouse documentary is due to hit cinemas this summer.
The film titled ‘Amy: The Girl Behind the Name’ is previewing in Irish cinemas on July 3rd.
It looks at the life of the late singer, charting her rise to fame, her battles with addiction, her unbelievable talent and who she really was as a person. The film is directed by British filmmaker Asif Kapadia, who previously worked on the outstanding Ayrton Senna documentary ‘Senna’.
Speaking about ‘Amy’, he told the Hollywood Reporter: “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.”
The director added: “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.”
Not everyone is happy with how the film has turned out. The singer’s father, Mitch Winehouse said: “I felt sick when I watched it for the first time. Amy would have been furious. This is not what she would have wanted.”
“We can’t stop it, but when the film does come out we can sue for libel or slander. Our lawyers will view the film and reserve the right to do that and see whether there are any grounds”.
Watch the full trailer below.