Six-time Grammy winner Amy Winehouse, with a voice described as a combination of Billy Holiday, Dinah Washington and Sarah Vaughan, was a pop star/jazz artist who wrote and sung from her heart until her untimely death at 27.
Despite just two albums to her name Amy Winehouse’s appeal crossed cultural and psycho-demographic boundaries. But while her music made her a huge star, her chaotic personal life stole headlines. Featuring extensive unseen archive footage and previously unheard tracks, this moving and vital film shines a light on the world we live in. A pure jazz artist in the most authentic sense – her raw honesty and supreme talent resulted in some of the most unique and adored songs of the modern era. Her huge success, however, resulted in relentless and invasive media attention which coupled with her troubled relationships and precarious lifestyle saw her life tragically unravel. Amy Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning in July 2011 at the age of 27.
It’s a perceptive examination of the singer’s need for love — from her friends, family, colleagues, husband and public — and the ways in which that need went unmet, or was exploited, at the times it ached in her the most. – Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph