classified 15

Please note: This was screened in July 2015

Asif Kapadia
Amy Winehouse
127 mins, 2015, UK

Fresh from Cannes and a triumphant critical reception, Amy reunites the team behind the award-winning Senna, including director Asif Kapadia, to tell the incredible story of the glorious rise and heartbreaking fall of Amy Winehouse. Starting with Amy as a super-talented, jazz-singing teen in Southgate, Kapadia takes us through her life, from her tough upbringing (her father walked out on the family when she was nine), to her early gigging, getting signed at the release of her first album, to the success of her second album Back To Black, her treatment at the hands of the media, and the spectacular drugs-and-alcohol-fuelled burnout and decline that followed.

Like Senna, Kapadia stitches together archive images and clips, home made movies, concert videos, news footage and memories with interviews from her first manager, childhood friends, family, other artists and wayward husband Blake Fielder-Civil. The result is an intimate window into a life so very different from her celebrity.

Despite us all sadly knowing the ending (Winehouse died aged just 27 in July 2011 from alcohol poisoning), this is a stunningly moving and powerful look at a smart, witty and vibrant one-in-a-generation talent, taken from us far too soon.