- 31 Mar 21
According to a press release, the film will be “shining a light on parts of her life that have, to date, not been heard about”.
A new film focusing on the late artist Amy Winehouse is set to air on BBC Two; memorialising the singer 10 years after her tragic death.
The soul musician passed away on July 23rd, 2011 after struggling with substance abuse issues for years. Her sophomore album, Back to Black, was released in 2006 and launched her into superstardom. Winehouse was known for her deep, expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres.
Amy Winehouse: 10 Years On has been commissioned by BBC Two and BBC Music to explore the iconic Londoner through the people who knew her best.
The film is set to be told primarily from the perspective of Winehouse’s mother, Janis, whose perspective “often differs from the narrative we have been told before”.
“I don’t feel the world knew the true Amy, the one that I brought up, and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to offer an understanding of her roots and a deeper insight into the real Amy,” Janis said.
Other family members and friends will also contribute to the documentary, which is being described as a “female-driven interpretation of her life, her loves and her legacy.”
Dov Freedman, Executive Producer for Curious Films, said in a statement:
“Amy was a true musical icon, and we couldn’t be prouder to help those closest to Amy reclaim her story, 10 years after her death.”
In 2015, director Asif Kapadia won the Academy Award for Best Documentary for his film, Amy. The singer’s family dissociated themselves from that documentary, calling it “a missed opportunity to celebrate her life and talent and that it is both misleading and contains some basic untruths.”
Winehouse’s father Mitch said of seeing the film, “I felt sick when I watched it for the first time. Amy would be furious. This is not what she would have wanted".
Read Stuart Clark's interview with soul sensation Amy Winehouse back in February 2007 here.