July 3rd, 2015



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The story of Amy Winehouse in her own words, featuring unseen archival footage and unheard tracks.

Release Year: 2015

Rating: 7.2/10 (329 voted)

Critic's Score: 82/100

Director: Asif Kapadia

Stars: Amy Winehouse, Mitch Winehouse, Mark Ronson

The story of Amy Winehouse in her own words, featuring unseen archival footage and unheard tracks.

Amy Winehouse - Herself (archive footage)
Yasiin Bey - Himself (as yasiin bey)
Mark Ronson - Himself
Tony Bennett - Himself
Pete Doherty - Himself
Blake Fielder-Civil - Himself
Mitch Winehouse - Himself
Tyler James - Himself
Salaam Remi - Himself
Janis Winehouse - Herself
Monte Lipman - Himself
Blake Wood - Himself
Lucian Grainge - Himself
Nick Shymansky - Himself
Juliette Ashby - Herself

Taglines: The girl behind the name.

Country: UK

Language: English

Release Date: 3 July 2015

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Did You Know?

Amy Winehouse's immediate family were initially willing to work with the film's producers and director, having heard about the success of their earlier documentary, Senna (2010). They granted the filmmakers access to hours of archive footage of Amy and her family, as well as giving the filmmakers' their blessing to interview Amy's family and friends. However, they - in particular, Amy's father, Mitch Winehouse - soon began to feel they were being misrepresented in the documentary, that the negative aspects of Amy's life were receiving much more attention than the positive, and that footage had been edited in order to produce an inaccurate narrative of Amy's story, especially the last three years of her life. Mitch Winehouse has said that Amy's fans should consider seeing the film for the rare, previously unseen, archive footage of his daughter, but should pay no attention to the film's general portrayal of her, which he has labeled "preposterous". See more »

User Review


Rating: 7/10

I saw this at the NXNE festival in Toronto last night. The movie was quite long, I must admit I was exhausted when I left. Not in a negative way, but overwhelmed at everything I had seen. The director had a lot of material to give us and he didn't hold back. The scene that I found the most powerful was the one in the recording studio with Tony Bennett, it was pure magic. I can't say that I followed Amy Winehouse, or was very familiar with her work, other than the song 'Rehab'. I did love her hairdo, it reminded me of the Ronettes. I am always fascinated by artists and how they develop.

We get a close up of Amy's artistic process. Her power was in her ability to constantly come up with song material that resonated with her at the deepest level and put those words to music. Combine this with a unaffected personality and an amazing ability to connect with an audience and you have a true force of nature. On the negative side, she had to deal with her personal daemons from her childhood. The tragedy was her use of drugs and alcohol. One gets the feeling from the movie of an almost inevitability of her path, but I guess that is always debatable.


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