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Amy Winehouse documentary set for July U.K. release

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Amy Winehouse’s story, as per the Asif Kapadia-directed documentary Amy, will see the light of theaters on July 3 via U.K distributor Altitude Films—a U.S. distributor has not yet been announced—according to Deadlinealmost exactly four years after the six-time Grammy winner died from alcohol poisoning at age 27. 

The documentary chronicles the singer’s life, music, relationships (presumably her volatile union with Blake Fielder-Civil), and battle with the intense media attention using her own words, previously unreleased music, and unseen archival footage. The project’s website features a poster for the film and promises a trailer soon. 

Winehouse is best known for her second full-length, the wonderful, defining Back to Black (2006), which featured the massive hit “Rehab,” sold more than 20 million copies worldwide before her death, and earned the songstress five of her Grammys. It’s hard to imagine that smokey, soulful singers, like Adele, would have ever found success without Winehouse first breaking through. The final five years of her life were characterized by her struggle with substance abuse, reports of mental health issues, legal problems and almost incessant battle with the paparazzi. A posthumous collection, Lioness: Hidden Treasures, which featured studio leftovers, alternate takes, duets, and cover tunes was released in 2011 via Universal Republic. 

Kapadia last released Senna, a documentary about late Formula One star Ayrton Senna, which went on to win two BAFTA Awards.

 

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