A documentary about the life of popular British singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse is headed for the big screen. Remembered as much for her public addiction to drugs and alcohol as her amazing talent, Winehouse died in 2011 from alcohol poisoning at the age of 27. The troubled and eccentric entertainer was responsible for such hits as “Valerie,” “Back to Black” and the strikingly personal song, “Rehab.”
Amy: The Girl Behind the Name features never before seen footage and unrleased tracks. Particularly insightful is the early footage of the soulful songstress talking about her background and what she believed was in store for her. At one point, she makes what seems like a prophetic statement to an interviewer about how fame would impact her, saying, “I don’t think I’m gonna be at all famous . . . I don’t think I could handle it. I would probably go mad. Do you know what I mean? I would go mad.”
The film intimately explores Winehouse’s unique experience of growing up in the spotlight. In a statement on Facebook, the filmmakers write that it seeks to “truly capture not just the great artist that she was, but also the funny and loving person that most people didn’t get a chance to know.”
Directing the film is Asif Kapadia, who’s probably best known for the critically acclaimed and award-winning Senna, a 2010 doc about Brazilian Formula One race car driver Ayrton Senna.
Amy: The Girl Behind the Name will be released in the UK on July 3. It is expected to hit U.S. theaters sometime later in the summer.