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New Amy Winehouse Doc From Maker of ‘Senna’ To Be Introduced At Cannes

New Amy Winehouse Doc From Maker of 'Senna' To Be Introduced At Cannes

Focus Features International has announced that they’ll be handling worldwide sales for a new documentary about the late Grammy award-winning artist Amy Winehouse, directed by Asif Kapadia, whose “Senna” is the highest-grossing documentary in UK history.  “Senna” collaborator James Gay-Rees (“Exit Through the Gift Shop”) will produce through Playmaker Films, the duo’s new production company. Universal Music will serve as co-producers.

Speaking of the project, the two said in a statement: “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. 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.”

Alison Thompson, co-president of Focus Features International added: “Asif and James have the remarkable ability to bring a moving and thought-provoking story to life, as evidenced by Senna. We look forward to seeing their vision of Amy Winehouse.”

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I have been going to rock concerts since I was 9 years old, films since I was 4 years old. I ENJOY THE MUSICAL AND MOVIE GENIUS OF FALLEN HEROES ALL THE TIME. I don't like to see anybody who is so talented and successful lose it all to some addiction and never make it back. It is just freaking sad and pisses me off. That is simply my viewpoint. GET OVER IT AND GET BENT.


"Judge her failings when it suited us?" Why insult the audience before even releasing the film. Amy Winehouse was uniquely talented yes, but that doesn't change the fact that she CHOSE to consume drugs and alcohol to the point of excess. She never overcame her problems and died before she got to another place of healing. I hope these two boneheads realize that and stop pretending that she didn't have a choice in how she handled her fame, her relationships, and her (unfortunately) never ending alcohol and drug addiction that stopped her heart. It is all about choices, folks.

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