Asif Kapadia (2015)

15 Certificate


Our Score
This captivating, Oscar-winning documentary paints an intimate portrait of Amy Winehouse, the troubled singer/songwriter who died of alcohol poisoning in 2011 at the age of just 27. Charting her stratospheric rise to fame, the film celebrates Amy's short yet eventful career, reminding us that she was a highly talented musician with a distinctive voice, as well as tabloid fodder. At the same time, British film-maker Asif Kapadia (who also made the superb Senna) doesn't shy away from the personal problems she faced, as he also details her well-publicised battles with drinking and drugs. To his credit, Kapadia has amassed a wealth of archive footage, which includes several private videos that haven't been seen before. These are complemented by revealing voiceover interviews with various individuals, such as Amy's friends, her parents, and an assortment of industry professionals. The end result is moving, sobering and heartbreaking, providing us with a non-judgemental film about a young woman who endured more than her fair share of judgement.


Documentary portrait of soul, jazz and R'n'B singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse, whose untimely death in July 2011 followed a well-publicised history of drugs and alcohol abuse. Director Asif Kapadia traces Amy's rise and demise over the 13 years preceding her death, telling her story via her music and autobiographical song lyrics, video footage shot by friends and family, archive television clips, plus voiceover interviews with those who were personally and professionally close to her. Contributors include Pete Doherty, Mitch Winehouse, Tony Bennett, Mark Ronson and Tyler James.

Cast & Crew

Amy Winehouse Amy Winehouse
Director Asif Kapadia

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: AltitudeGuidance: Swearing, drug referencesAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 3 Jul 2015