A24 has released a hard-hitting first look at Amy, director Asif Kapadia's new documentary about the life and career of Amy Winehouse. The unsettling film has a summer release date in the UK. At this time, A24 has not set a stateside release for what will be one of the most insightful and engaging rock documentaries of the year.
Asif Kapadia's 90-minute documentary on the six-time Grammy-winner features previously unseen footage of Amy, as it seeks to tell the London performer's tragic story in her own words. The singer died from alcoholic poisoning in July 2011 at the age of 27. James Gay-Rees is producing through Playmaker Films and Universal Music is on board as co-producer. Said Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees about the film:
"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. 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."
Asif Kapadia is known for his Bafta-winning true-life racing story Senna. With this new film, he is able to chronicle Winehouse's rise to fame with chart-toppers like "Rehab" and "Valerie" before her untimely death. Check out the first footage as we all wait for an announcement on the US release. UK will be able to see the movie on July 3.