The acclaimed documentary Amy follows the rise and fall of pop star Amy Winehouse, who died of alcohol poisoning in the summer of 2011 following a tortured battle with substance abuse. The film shows how the superstar’s demise began when she linked up with her eventual husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, the man who introduced the hard-partying Brit singer to harder narcotics.
‘Prometheus’ star Noomi Rapace is in talks to play Amy Winehouse is a forthcoming biopic of the late soul and jazz singer. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Irish filmmaker Kristen Sheridan will write and direct the project, telling the story of the tragic star. Winehouse came to prominence following her debut album 'Frank’ in 2003, but went stratospheric on the release of 'Back To Black’ in 2006.
Asif Kapadia told Yahoo Movies about his journey making the film, and acknowledged that he realized it would make some people in Winehouse’s life uncomfortable.
Midway through the documentary Amy, which had its first Cannes press screening on Saturday, we hear from an addiction counselor who’d once interviewed the late singer Amy Winehouse. A hurdle for any documentarian wanting to tell the story of Winehouse, who died in 2011 at the age of 27 from alcohol poisoning, was that her professional life and catastrophic downfall are, on the surface at least, so well known. The precocious North London jazz singer became a pop superstar after her 2006 smash album, Back to Black, drawing comparisons to iconic vocalists like Sarah Vaughn, Billie Holiday, and Shirley Bassey.