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Amy (2015, UK) July 31, 2016
Director: Asif Kapadia
Starring: Amy Winehouse, Lauren Gilbert, Juliette Ashby, Nick Shymansky, Tyler James
Duration: 128 mins
Traces the arc of Amy Winehouse’s life and the transformation of this mischief-loving Jewish girl from North London into a peerless interpreter of jazz and soul, to global pop sensation, to her death in 2011, at 27, from alcohol poisoning. Director Asif Kapadia has pieced together the visuals exclusively from archival images, tapping into a trove of home videos, concert material, publicity interviews and recording sessions. Like many who have come of age in the digital era, Amy and her friends seemed to have kept a running record of their lives, cataloging their waking and sleeping hours, their back-seat and backstage lulls. The end of the movie is a gruesome horror show but you don’t turn away, because the film has made Amy so touchingly, recognisably human.
Screening Date: 31-Jul-16