Amy Winehouse documentary premieres at Cannes

Amy Winehouse at the 2007 MTV Movie Awards at the Universal Amphitheatre. June 3, 2007 Los Angeles, CA (Photo Credit: Paul Smith / Featureflash )
Amy Winehouse at the 2007 MTV Movie Awards at the Universal Amphitheatre. June 3, 2007 Los Angeles, CA (Photo Ccredit: Paul Smith / Featureflash )

It’s no secret that the highly anticipated documentary revolving around the life of late singer Amy Winehouse has already drawn criticism from the singer’s family, who called the filmmakers “a disgrace,” for portraying her father, Mitch Winehouse, as an influence behind her descent into drugs and alcohol. But that didn’t keep the film’s director, Asif Kapadia, from premiering a new, haunting trailer during the height of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

“The more people see of me, the more they’ll realize that all I’m good for is making music,” Winehouse tells the camera in a new trailer for the upcoming flick titled Amy. Fresh off its debut at the Cannes Film Festival, the team behind the project dropped the first full-length trailer, drawing a heartbreaking response from critics and fans alike.


Packed with rare footage and unheard tracks from the songbird, the new clip depicts Winehouse’s discomfort with fame and drops several hints that there was trouble in paradise with ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil. “I fell in love with someone who I would have died for,” she said in the film. “And that’s like a real drug, isn’t it?”

Despite a variety of critiques, Reg Traviss, Winehouse’s partner at the time of her death, says the crude film will reshape Winehouse’s legacy. “What was so good about that period of her life was that it was a time when she had grown into somebody,” he wrote in an intense editorial piece for The Telegraph. “At 27, she was very happy, she had a good bunch of friends, really good friends, around her. Her home life was good, too, with a lot of laughter. Her house in Camden was a busy, vibrant household, with a couple of flatmates and family members visiting every day.” He also summed up the film’s portrayal of Mitch Winehouse in one word … “despicable.”


Amy hits theaters in New York, Los Angeles and the U.K. on July 3 before going nationwide on July 10. Will you be buying a ticket?

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