Review: Amy (2015)


Amy is an Oscar winning Documentary based on the life of the late Emmy Award winning Amy Winehouse. With just two award winning albums to her name, Amy Winehouse was one of the most followed British artist in the music industry. The documentary looks into the roll of intense celebrity following and the spiralling of addiction. Directed by British filmmaker Asif Kapadia (Senna), Amy is both sad and riveting at the same time, as we take a look into the life of one of the most talented British artists we have ever seen.

Asif Kapadia tells an honest story of the personal difficulties Amy Winehouse went through. With the documentary focusing on purely archive footage and interviews from those closest to her, the audience are given a fittingly incredible documentary to celebrate of the most talented musical artists the UK has produced. The filmmakers have portrayed Amy Winehouse is a very human way, something we have yet to see, especially with the paradox of celebrity coverage the singer had over her tragically short career. The documentary has the perfect balance or never seen before archive footage, performances and studio time that rounds off as an incredibly sad, but highly interesting feature – almost voyeuristic. A fitting documentary to one of Jazz’s great voices, and a documentary that would take something special to better.

Success to me is not success to the record company or whoever. Success to me is having the freedom to work with whoever I want to work with, to always be able to go to the studio when I have to go to the studio… I think the more people see of me, the more they’ll realize that all I’m good for is making tunes. So leave me alone and I’ll do it. I will do the music. I just need time to do the music.” – Amy Winehouse