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Amy Winehouse was many things:
artist, icon, victim of celebrity. For
London-born director Asif Kapadia,
she was basically the girl next door.
Kapadia, who made award-winning
documentary Senna about Formula 1
driver Ayrton Senna, lived and worked
in some of the same north London
neighbourhoods as Winehouse. Like
millions of others, he also watched
with horrified fascination as the
singer s struggles with love, drugs and
alcohol were splattered across the
media in the years before her death
from alcohol poisoning in 2011.
"I very much felt, I can t believe
this is happening down the road from
where I live, " said Kapadia, whose
documentary about Winehouse---
Amy---is playing at the Cannes Film
Festival. "One of my reasons for want-
ing to do it was, I ve finally found a
subject to do about home.
"Senna was like from another plan-
et, and Amy was from next door.
"She was so ordinary, so local, and
so brilliant in the way she expressed
that in her lyrics."
London was Winehouse s inspira-
tion---for good and bad.
"I love the city," Kapadia said, sitting
in a luxury hotel on the French Riviera.
"I love the creativity. I love the fact
you can look like what you want to
look like, do whatever the hell you
want, you can be amazing. But it s
got a darkness to it, and her story sort
of covers those ends of the spectrum."
Compiled from archive footage,
home movies and more than 100
interviews with people who knew
Winehouse, Amy is partly a tribute
to a lost talent, partly a portrait of a
young woman coping with depression
and doubt, and partly a reflection on
the toxic nature of celebrity.
The film has been acclaimed in
Cannes, where it premiered in the
late-night Midnight Screenings slot
---the first time Kapadia had seen the
movie with an audience.
"It was very emotional," Kapadia
said. "A lot of tears. Nobody moved
for the last hour."
There are some dissenters amid the
praise. Winehouse s parents appear
in the film but have recently criticised
it, calling it "unbalanced" and saying
it suggests family members did too
little to help the singer overcome her
Kapadia says he did not set out to
blame anyone for Winehouse s death.
"I m not pointing the finger, I m
just saying this is really complicated,"
he said. "But there are issues, and
there are maybe things that could
have been done differently.
"It s turning the mirror on everyone,
saying, we re all slightly to blame,
complicit, a part of this system---this
circus---that it became."
He hopes members of the family
will come to see the film the way he
does---as a rounded portrait of Wine-
Winehouse director: We all share blame for her death
Amy, a documentary about the late singer Amy
Winehouse, made its debut at the Cannes Film
Festival. However, her family has criticised the
documentary saying it is "misleading and contains
some basic untruths." The statement said the film
suggested family members did too little to help the
singer, who died in July 2011, aged 27, after battling
drug and alcohol abuse.
thing. It s about her and kind of rebalancing every-
one s image of her."
The film gives ample time to Winehouse s music,
from the jazz sounds on her first album, Frank, to
the soul and hip-hop influences that infused her
breakthrough record, Back to Black.
The single Rehab was her biggest hit, and also
something of an albatross. Winehouse was con-
stantly asked to perform the song about how "They
tried to make me go to rehab---I said no, no, no."
Kapadia said that in retrospect the song sounds
like "an incredible cry for help."
"The clue is always in her songs," he said.
"Two songs: Stronger Than Me--- I want someone
who s stronger than me ---and Love is a Losing
Game, sum her up. If she had those two elements,
then maybe there would have been some peace."
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