Here’s an upcoming Weekend Watching for you, sweet readers.
The 2013 Cannes Film Festival ends in a couple of days, and something else was going on amid all those glamorous red carpet appearances, hopeful debut filmmakers, and all those directors vying for the coveted Palme d’Or.
Focus Features International reportedly spent some time shopping a new Amy Winehouse documentary.
Winehouse’s wildly successful career was cut short in 2011 when, after publicly battling substance abuse, she died of alcohol poisoning at 27. Her legacy certainly has lived on, though, with the Amy Winehouse Foundation and her father’s book Amy, My Daughter.
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Award-winning director Asif Kapadia (Senna) and producer James Gay-Rees (Exit Through the Gift Shop) are set to work on the still-untitled film and have released a joint statement about the project:
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 precarious lifestyle. As a society, we celebrated her huge success, but then we were quick to judge her failings when it suited us.
The film will feature previously unseen footage of Winehouse and, according to Kapadia and Gay-Rees, will “look at Amy’s story sensitively, honestly and without sensationalizing her.”
Are you an Amy Winehouse fan looking forward to the new documentary? What do you hope to see (and not see) in the film?
[Rolling Stone; New York Times]