New Amy Winehouse Doc to Expose How Tragic Musician ‘Fell Apart’

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Morbid though it may be, we are drawn to tragic figures. The most captivating individuals are the ones who have suffered, who have exemplified controversial and volatile lifestyles. Amy Winehouse, as talented a singer and songwriter as she was, is remembered as a character drenched in tragedy, with her history of substance and alcohol abuse leading ultimately to her untimely death at the age of 27 in 2011. As such, we learn now via The Guardian that Asif Kapadia, a filmmaker in no way unfamiliar with tragic stories, is moving forward with a documentary about Winehouse’s life.

Kapadia’s most revered work to date is his 2010 doc Senna, a film about the Brazilian Formula 1 racecar driving champion Ayrton Senna, who died during the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.

But London-born Winehouse is also a subject of intrigue due to her insurmountable talent. The victor of six Grammys and a number of other awards for her musical output, Winehouse’s creativity and passion earned her acclaim and fandom for her many years in the spotlight.

Kapadia and his producer James Gay-Rees released the following statement regarding the subject of their forthcoming documentary: “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.”

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Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.

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