Amy

Amy

Amy

Amy Winehouse documentary from the director of 2010's brilliant Senna. The story of one of modern Britain's defining singer/songwriters is told through interviews with family members, close friends and Winehouse herself. The filmmakers have also been given access to never-before-seen archival footage.

The filmmakers promise an "insightful portrait [that] will focus on the music of Amy Winehouse – the driving force of an incredible talent whose tragic loss was felt deeply by the music industry and music lovers around the world."

Best Documentary at the 2016 Academy Awards and BAFTA Awards
2015Rating: M, Drug use, offensive language & content that may disturb128 minsUK
DocumentaryMusic
Director:
Asif Kapadia ('Senna', 'The Warrior')
Cast:
Amy Winehouse

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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Matt Glasby

Flicks, Matt Glasby

flicks

This year has brought forth quality documentaries about three of music’s brightest burnouts, each appropriate to the artist. The explosive Cobain: Montage Of Heck smelt unmistakably of teen spirit; Heaven Adores You was as sweetly sensitive as Elliott Smith’s forgiving folk songs; while Senna director Asif Kapadia’s Amy is in-your-face intimate, a tragic rise and fall lit by paparazzi flashbulbs.

4.0

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Review: Amy

A graphic insight into the highs and lows of stardom and what it did to the fantastically unique Amy Winehouse. This documentary consists of intimate home video from Amy's young years, through her rapid rise through the industry to her untimely death. Asif Kapadia uses a great convention of never showing the faces of the interviews he orchestrated, instead...

4.0

Very Interesting

A very interesting sad story fantastically told.

3.0

Poignant and heart wrenching

Director Asif Kapadia again does away with the talking-heads style that worked so brilliantly in Senna, using voice-overs from various people in Amy Winehouse's life to document her meteoric rise to fame, along with her much publicised struggle with substance abuse. Complemented by all manner of source film - form home videos, concert footage and...

5.0

Not quite what the hype would suggest.

2.0

A whole lot less would have been more

I found this a tad voureristic, there are some things i really dont want to know some pictures I dont need to see. A celebration of death rather than life.

3.0

Celebrating Amy

I’m no fan of motorsports, but director Asif Kapadia’s Senna was a brilliantly assembled and riveting watch. Now he’s done the same with Amy Winehouse. Crammed full of interviews, insights and rarely seen footage of Amy in action, this documentary offers a fascinating, revealing and tragic insight into a troubled and talented life. Part celebration, part...

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Hardly innovative in form, but boasting the same depth of feeling and breadth of archival material that made Kapadia’s “Senna” so rewarding...

Time Out

Time Out

press

Anyone with a beating heart will be forgiven for allowing it to break during this unflinching and thoughtful account of the life and death of the soul singer Amy Winehouse.

4.0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

A perceptive examination of the singer’s need for love – from her friends, family, colleagues, husband and public – and the ways in which that need went unmet, or was exploited, at the times it ached in her the most.

4.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Kapadia isn't simply revisiting Ms. Winehouse's life and death, but also - by pulling you in close to her, first pleasantly and then unpleasantly - telling the story of contemporary celebrity and, crucially, fandom's cost.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

An overwhelming story, and despite everyone knowing the ending, it is as gripping as a thriller

5.0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

Kapadia provides a heartbreaking reminder of what we lost when we lost her.

4.0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

It is clear that Kapadia adores her, and wishes to honour her story by telling it without flinching.

4.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

A powerful, thought-provoking and tragic cautionary tale.

4.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

An emotionally stirring and technically polished tribute, its sprawling mass of diverse source material elegantly cleaned up, color-corrected and shaped into a satisfying narrative.

FilmInk

FilmInk

press

Despite the bittersweet irony of the story of her life being constructed from the news media's and her acolytes' cataloging of her self-destructive nosedive, there's a heartbreaking immediacy and authenticity in its telling.

Flicks, Matt Glasby

Flicks, Matt Glasby

flicks

This year has brought forth quality documentaries about three of music’s brightest burnouts, each appropriate to the artist. The explosive Cobain: Montage Of Heck smelt unmistakably of teen spirit; Heaven Adores You was as sweetly sensitive as Elliott Smith’s forgiving folk songs; while Senna director Asif Kapadia’s Amy is in-your-face intimate, a tragic rise and fall lit by paparazzi flashbulbs.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Hardly innovative in form, but boasting the same depth of feeling and breadth of archival material that made Kapadia’s “Senna” so rewarding...

Time Out

Time Out

press

Anyone with a beating heart will be forgiven for allowing it to break during this unflinching and thoughtful account of the life and death of the soul singer Amy Winehouse.

4.0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

A perceptive examination of the singer’s need for love – from her friends, family, colleagues, husband and public – and the ways in which that need went unmet, or was exploited, at the times it ached in her the most.

4.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Kapadia isn't simply revisiting Ms. Winehouse's life and death, but also - by pulling you in close to her, first pleasantly and then unpleasantly - telling the story of contemporary celebrity and, crucially, fandom's cost.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

An overwhelming story, and despite everyone knowing the ending, it is as gripping as a thriller

5.0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

Kapadia provides a heartbreaking reminder of what we lost when we lost her.

4.0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

It is clear that Kapadia adores her, and wishes to honour her story by telling it without flinching.

4.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

A powerful, thought-provoking and tragic cautionary tale.

4.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

An emotionally stirring and technically polished tribute, its sprawling mass of diverse source material elegantly cleaned up, color-corrected and shaped into a satisfying narrative.

FilmInk

FilmInk

press

Despite the bittersweet irony of the story of her life being constructed from the news media's and her acolytes' cataloging of her self-destructive nosedive, there's a heartbreaking immediacy and authenticity in its telling.

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Review: Amy

A graphic insight into the highs and lows of stardom and what it did to the fantastically unique Amy Winehouse. This documentary consists of intimate home video from Amy's young years, through her rapid rise through the industry to her untimely death. Asif Kapadia uses a great convention of never showing the faces of the interviews he orchestrated,...

4.0

Very Interesting

A very interesting sad story fantastically told.

3.0

Poignant and heart wrenching

Director Asif Kapadia again does away with the talking-heads style that worked so brilliantly in Senna, using voice-overs from various people in Amy Winehouse's life to document her meteoric rise to fame, along with her much publicised struggle with substance abuse. Complemented by all manner of source film - form home videos, concert footage and...

5.0

Not quite what the hype would suggest.

2.0

A whole lot less would have been more

I found this a tad voureristic, there are some things i really dont want to know some pictures I dont need to see. A celebration of death rather than life.

3.0

Celebrating Amy

I’m no fan of motorsports, but director Asif Kapadia’s Senna was a brilliantly assembled and riveting watch. Now he’s done the same with Amy Winehouse. Crammed full of interviews, insights and rarely seen footage of Amy in action, this documentary offers a fascinating, revealing and tragic insight into a troubled and talented life. Part celebration, part...

4.0