Haunting Trailer For Amy Winehouse Documentary Reveals The Singer’s Fear Of Fame
Amy Winehouse, the legendary Back to Black artist who died at age 27 in 2011 from alcohol poisoning, lives on through her music, as well as the upcoming documentary, “Amy.” The first trailer for Amy, a forthcoming film about Amy Winehouse’s all-too-brief and tumultuous life and career, was released on Thursday.
Helmed by Senna director Asif Kapadia, the film aims to tell Winehouse’s story in her own words, using previously unseen archive footage and unheard tracks. A24 has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to “Amy,” about Amy Winehouse’s early years, her immediate interest in music, and her rise to stardom — a rise that did not seem to agree with her, based on what she says in this haunting new trailer.
“I don’t think I’m going to be at all famous,” we hear Winehouse say, over a montage of images of Amy contrasted with the flashing lights of fame. “I don’t think I could handle it. I would probably go mad, do you know what I mean? I would go mad.”
In a statement on the film’s official Facebook page, Gay-Rees and Kapadia describe of “Amy”: “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,” their statement continues. “But tragically Amy seemed to fall apart under the relentless media attention, her troubled relationships, her global success and her precarious lifestyle. As a society we celebrated her huge success but then we were quick to judge her failings when it suited us.”
— Amy Film (@AmyFilmUK) March 18, 2015
Winehouse’s trademark voice and raw emotional honesty prompted her quick rise to fame worldwide. The singer sold millions of copies of her second album Back to Black, winning almost unanimous critical praise.
At the same time, her precarious lifestyle and troubled relationships, which were frequently documented by an intrusive press and manifested at increasingly chaotic live shows, caused cracks that eventually proved too much to bear. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning in July 2011.
Amy will be released in the UK on July 3, with a U.S. release date yet to be announced.