The life and career of Grammy winner Amy Winehouse is slated to become a documentary at the hands of filmmaker Asif Kapadia.
The documentarian, famous for his portrayal of Brazilian F1 driver Ayrton Senna's life in Senna, will be teaming up with producer James Gay-Rees of the Banksy doc Exit Through the Gift Shop to chronicle the rocket ship trajectory of Winehouse's rise to stardom, reports the New York Times.
The Back to Black artist succumbed to alcohol poisoning in 2011 at the age of 27. In her short career Winehouse released three albums and won over 20 awards ranging from several BRIT Awards five Grammy Awards.
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," Kapadia and Gay-Rees said of their subject, according to NME."But tragically Amy seemed to fall apart under the relentless media attention, her troubled relationships, her global success and precarious lifestyle. As a society we celebrated her huge success but then we were quick to judge her failings when it suited us."
According to the Associated Press, Winehouse's family have been petitioned by numerous filmmakers who sought to tell their daughters story. They agreed to Kapadia and Gay-Rees proposal since it will "look at Amy's story sensitively, honestly and without sensationalizing her."
Focus Features International will distribute the untitled film which will showcase unseen footage of the artist, reports the New York Times.