Saturday, July 23, 2016

Dvd/150: AMY (Asif Kapadia, 2015)

Sometimes you really cannot see the woods for the trees...

What makes Asif Kapadia's documentary such a stunning experience is that the subject is still fresh in the memory: Amy Winehouse's meteroic rise to stardom with her album BACK TO BLACK and the subsequent media feeding frenzy as Amy became fair game for the paparazzi and tv comedians.

AMY gives you a 360 degree view of Whitehouse's life thanks to the astonishing amount of footage available to him and his editor.  Not only the 'official' gigs, interviews and studio footage but also the private camcorder and mobile phone material from her childhood friends and first manager

Over 100 interviews with people from Winehouse's life draw you into the life of a young, funny, gobby, Jewish North Londoner whose extraordinary talent catapulted her into a world where her shaky trust issues, inherited from an unhappy childhood, ill-equipped her to survive.

Shelf or charity shop?  Shelf for this deserved Academy Award-winner....


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