If you watch one thing this year - make it Amy. We're all familiar with the tragic trajectory and immeasurable talent of the late singer Amy Winehouse, but this heartbreaking documentary gives us access into her life like never before. Its premiere at Cannes on Saturday drew astonished responses from media - but given the controversial nature of Winehouse's life and untimely death, it was always going to be this way. Director Asif Kapadia draws on an incredible amount of unseen footage from Amy's childhood, teen and pre-fame years, as well as footage from the height of her tabloid fame - all taken from friends and family.
Beginning the film after Winehouse's tragic death, Kapadia was faced with the difficult task of gaining access to her close friends and family, many of whom were still mourning her loss. Kapadia interviewed around 100 people for the documentary, eventually winning the trust of her first manager Nick Shymansky and her two oldest friends Juliette Ashby and Lauren Gilbert.
The English singer-songwriter, whose unmistakeable smoke-tinged voice and emotionally naked lyrics posed her as one of the most authentic-yet-tragic icons of her generation is captivating to watch in this short trailer. While her extraordinary musical prowess made her a global superstar, her meteoric rise to fame also fuelled her many demons - a fact which is explored in devastating detail in this documentary.
Amy is screening at this year's Sydney Film Festival, but has already sold out. Watch this space for more updates.