Amy Winehouse Film Heartbreaking And Haunting, But Is It Accurate?

The new Amy Winehouse documentary promises to be as heartbreaking as Amy’s life. The full-length trailer for Amy debuted at the Cannes Film Festival, and shows the troubled singer in a haunting and “heartbreaking narrative of artistic triumph and personal decline.” Amy Winehouse was only 27 when she died from accidental alcohol poisoning.

Winehouse had a tumultuous history of drug abuse, and her famously bad marriage to Blake Fielder-Civil is often blamed for Amy’s addiction problems. The two were very much in love at the beginning, but the relationship ended after only two years, part of the “unbearable tragedy of her life.”

“I fell in love with someone who I would have died for. “It’s like a real drug isn’t it?”

Amy never expected her life to become a tragic icon, and she never expected to be famous.

“The thing is I don’t think I’m going to be at all famous. I’m just a girl who sings.”

“Just” a girl who sings!

Amy came from a musical family, with professional jazz musicians on her mother’s side and a lot of music in the Winehouse home. She went to a specialized theatre school, but was expelled at 16 because she didn’t apply herself. Amy also pierced her nose before getting kicked out of the elite school!

Winehouse was a singer in love with music whose songs captivated the world. Her 2006 album Back to Black won five Grammy awards, and her voice won hearts everywhere. But for Amy Winehouse, fame came too quickly and everyone wanted a piece of her.

Reg Traviss was Amy’s fiance at the time of her death. He’s furious about the film, saying it will forever ruin our memories of her. Originally, Reg agreed to participate because he thought he and the rest of Amy’s family could trust Asif Kapadia, the director of Amy. Once he saw the trailer though, he changed his mind.

Reg insists that Amy wasn’t in a “downward spiral” in the last years of her life. He says Winehouse was happy, vibrant, and full of laughter.

“Those who didn’t know Amy might enjoy the film, but anyone who really knew her will see it for what it is: nothing more than a piece of orchestrated spin.”

Reg helped because he knew people wanted to know the “real” Amy, and that is still true. People do want to know the real Amy Winehouse. Let’s hope there’s at least some of that “real” Amy in Amy.

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