in about 100 words or less
UK 128m, Colour
Director: Asif Kapadia; Cast: Amy Winehouse, Mitchell Winehouse, Janis Winehouse, Raye Cosbert, Nick Shymanksy, Blake Fielder, Mos Def, Tyler James, Juliette Ashby, Lauren Gilbert
Amy is an unglamorous documentary about singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse. The focus of this film is Amy’s struggle with substance abuse and the actions of those around her who witnessed her self destruct. Rather than the typical talking head style of documentary, Kapadia pieces together Winehouse’s career using very personal home video recordings supplemented with television clips and voice overs. In view of the film’s inevitable tragic conclusion, it is a dark tribute and an explanation of what happened to this talented but short-lived figure in musical history (Klaus Ming March 2016).