Asif Kapadia’s Amy Winehouse Docu Sets July UK Release Via Altitude
The UK’s Altitude Film Distribution has set a July 3 release for the Amy Winehouse documentary, Amy, almost four years to the day of her untimely death at 27. The story of the British singer’s life and career is directed by BAFTA-winning Senna helmer Asif Kapadia.
No U.S. distributor has been announced on the film which is handled by Cinetic domestically, although a screening for select buyers in Berlin generated good buzz last month. It had previously sold to multiple overseas territories when the film was still with Focus Features International. Former FFI chief Alison Thompson took the project with her when she left that company and founded Sunray Films which is handling offshore rights — it is now essentially sold out.
The doc tells the story of the six-time Grammy-winner in her own words, using extensive unseen archive footage and previously unheard tracks. Winehouse was a unique, but troubled talent who ultimately succumbed to alcohol poisoning in July 2011. Amy is produced by James Gay-Rees (Senna, Exit Through The Gift Shop) through On The Corner Films. Universal Music is co-producer.