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Amy Winehouse documentary sheds new light on the tragic singer's life

It’s made by the team behind Senna.
Apr 2nd 2015, 11:00 PM 22,445 43

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SHE WAS JUST 27 when she died in 2011, but during her short life British singer Amy Winehouse made quite an impact.

Her tragic death from alcohol poisoning came after some years of unrest for the Londoner, who struggled with alcohol addiction, drug use, and a difficult relationship with husband Blake Fielder-Civil.

A life unravelling

Amy Winehouse-Lessons Amy Winehouse in 2011 Source: AP/Press Association Images

An incredibly talented soul singer, she released two albums before her death, Frank and Back to Black, scooping up a heap of Grammy, Brit and Ivor Novello awards.

But as her fame grew, her personal life began to disintegrate – and it happened right in front of the paparazzi that followed her every move.

It happened, too, in front of the very audiences who paid to watch her perform, when numerous live gigs crumbled into alcohol-induced shambles.

Now, a new documentary aims to shed new light on Winehouse’s life. It’s directed by Asif Kapadia, who also directed the award-winning documentary Senna, about Ayrton Senna.

The film, which is due out in cinemas in Ireland on 3 July, features home footage of a teenage Amy, as well as interviews with the people closest to her, like her parents and husband.

Back in 2013, Variety reported that Kapadia was about to start work on the documentary. Asif told the publication that Amy was “a once-in-a-generation talent” who “seemed to fall apart under the relentless media attention”.

What do you think of the trailer? Tell us in the comments.

Read: A memorial statue to Amy Winehouse has been unveiled in London>

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