“I’m not a girl trying to be a star… I’m just a girl that sings” comes the haunting voice at the end of the new trailer for Amy, the upcoming documentary by Senna director Asif Kapadia. Fresh off its first screening at the Cannes Film Festival, where it gathered rave reviews, the film makers have today made the first official trailer public.
The new documentary features rare-archived footage and previously unreleased tracks from the singer, who tragically died from alcohol poisoning at the age of 27 years old in 2011.
Chronicling the beautiful but tragic story of Amy’s life, the documentary will explore the issues she had with fame (as was hinted at in the teaser trailer we got in April), and appears to also deal with issues surrounding the relationship with her ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil – “I fell in love with someone who I would have died for,” says Amy in the trailer “And that’s like a real drug, isn’t it?“.
The film has drawn stern criticism from the Winehouse estate, who have angrily dubbed the filmmakers ‘a disgrace’ for portraying Mitch Winehouse (her father) as an absent father and a partial cause of her descent into drugs and alcohol. While talking to UK newspaper The Sun, Mitch said of the film:
“I felt sick when I watched [Amy] for the first time. Amy would be furious. This is not what she would have wanted […]It gives the impression the family weren’t there.”
Interestingly, joining into the attack with an angry editorial in the Telegraph, ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil called the new documentary:
“a fictionalised biopic centered around a distorted depiction of Amy’s life,”
However, a spokesperson for Amy said that the movie actually had “the full backing of the Winehouse family” and was approached “with total objectivity”.
Amy will hit movie theaters in New York, Los Angeles and the U.K. on July 3rd, before being shown nationwide in both countries on July 10th.