The wheel has been turned over to BAFTA-winning director Asif Kapadia.
Two years after her death, Amy Winehouse continues to haunt the public consciousness and now, a documentary about Winehouse’s life and career is in the works. The film will feature previously unseen footage of the soul singer, the distributor said yesterday (Wednesday, April 24th).
When a young, troubled celebrity dies, it always attracts attention and feeds the myth around them. This is what happened with Winehouse. She gained international stardom with her debut album Back to Black, released in 2006. She died five years later, in 2011 and her death was attributed to substance abuse.
Now the task of retelling Winehouse’s life will fall on the shoulders of director Briton Asif Kapadia, whose 2010 film “Senna,” about Brazilian auto racer Ayrton Senna, won a BAFTA for best documentary.
“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,” Kapadia and the film’s producer James Gay-Rees said in a joint statement.
“But tragically, Amy seemed to fall apart under the relentless media attention, her troubled relationships, her global success and precarious lifestyle,” Kapadia and Gay-Rees added. “As a society, we celebrated her huge success, but then we were quick to judge her failings when it suited us.” This statement might offer some clue into the tone of the documentary.
Kapadia believes that the film about Winehouse's story will be "incredibly modern, emotional and relevant"