Amy goes back to black, but we will always go back to Amy.
A documentary trailer covering the earlier years of Amy Winehouse and the troubled celebrity’s sudden rise to worldwide stardom was released today, and the short clip is nothing short of stirring.
Amy’s music transcended genres, and her mysterious cult of personality drew us into the intimate struggles of her life. She wrote honestly about her longterm problems with alcoholism, which would eventually take her life in 2011.
Directed by Asif Kapadia and produced by James Gay-Rees, the trailer reveals that Amy wasn’t prepared for her celebrity status and knew that it might be problematic for her. “I don’t think I’m going to be at all famous,” says Amy over a montage of fresh-faced clips showing her in a time when her celebrity style hadn’t yet congealed (where’s all the eye makeup?). “I don’t think I could handle it. I would probably go mad, do you know what I mean? I would go mad.”
The movie’s Facebook page gives a more in depth description of the creative team’s goal for Amy. “This is an incredibly modern, emotional and relevant film that has the power to capture the Zeitgeist and shine a light on the world we live in, in a way that very few films can,” write Kapadia and Gay-Rees.
“Amy was a once-in-a-generation talent who captured everyone’s attention; she wrote and sung from the heart and everyone fell under her spell. But tragically Amy seemed to fall apart under the relentless media attention, her troubled relationships, her global success and her precarious lifestyle. As a society we celebrated her huge success but then we were quick to judge her failings when it suited us.”
Amy will be released in theaters July 3.
This Amy Winehouse documentary trailer will leave you feeling heartbroken. Do you think she died too soon, or was her life just too sad?