AMY
ON DVD & BLU-RAY NOVEMBER 2
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Press Release

From the BAFTA award-winning team behind Senna

Directed by - ASIF KAPADIA

Produced by - JAMES GAY-REES

Universal Music are pleased to confirm the Monday NOVEMBER 2nd UK Home Entertainment release of AMY. The package will include previously unseen material, special features, live performances and featurettes across DVD, Blu-ray and Digital formats.

The release follows the acclaimed film’s record breaking theatrical window, where it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, screened at the Glastonbury Music Festival and became the highest grossing British documentary of all time at the UK box office.

From BAFTA award-winning director Asif Kapadia and the team behind Senna, AMY tells the incredible story of six-time Grammy-winner Amy Winehouse - in her own words.

 

Featuring extensive unseen archive footage and previously unheard tracks, this strikingly modern, moving and vital film shines a light on the world we live in, in a way that very few can.

A once-in-a-generation talent and a pure jazz artist in the most authentic sense, Amy wrote and sung from the heart using her musical gifts to analyse her own problems. The combination of her raw honesty and supreme talent resulted in some of the most original and adored songs of the modern era.

Her huge success, however, resulted in relentless and invasive media attention which coupled with Amy’s troubled relationships and precarious lifestyle saw her life tragically begin to unravel.

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Synopsis

From BAFTA award-winning director Asif Kapadia (SENNA), AMY tells the incredible story of six-time Grammy-winner Amy Winehouse - in her own words.

Featuring extensive unseen archive footage and previously unheard tracks, this strikingly modern, moving and vital film shines a light on the world we live in, in a way that very few can.

A once-in-a-generation talent, Amy Winehouse was a musician that captured the world's attention. A pure jazz artist in the most authentic sense - she wrote and sung from the heart using her musical gifts to analyse her own problems. The combination of 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 Amy’s troubled relationships and precarious lifestyle saw her life tragically begin to unravel.

Amy Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning in July 2011 at the age of 27.

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The Amy Winehouse Story

According to the filmmakers, the worst thing that audiences could say is that they had seen this story before in the media. They’re confident, however, that this will not be case.

It is not just the quality of interviews and the footage that sets AMY apart from the existing coverage, it is the way the film broaches the Amy Winehouse narrative.

“We were very keen not to just rehash the awfulness that had been shown before,” says Gay-Rees, “because there was a lot of that going on in the media at the time, and what would be the point of recycling that? We had to dig deeper – what were we trying to say?”

Kapadia feels that he got to the core of her story. “This is a film about Amy and her writing,” he says. “People didn’t realise how important her lyrics were and how personal they were.”

“Just putting her lyrics on the screen lets people know that they might have danced to that song and maybe didn’t realise how personal the content really was.”

Ultimately, the filmmakers believe that AMY is a film about love. “It is about a person who wants to be loved,” says Kapadia, “someone who needs love and doesn’t always receive it.”

“Often, when those who cared for her did try to show her love, she pushed them away. She was a very complex, intelligent girl. AMY is a film about love.”

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Asif Kapadia – Director

BAFTA award winning filmmaker Asif Kapadia is known for his visually striking films. He directed the universally acclaimed SENNA for Working Title, a documentary on Formula One legend Ayrton Senna. SENNA is the highest grossing UK documentary of all time and has won international prizes including two BAFTAs for Best Documentary and Best Editing and was nominated for Best British Film. The film won the World Cinema Audience Award at Sundance 2011, along with the Evening Standard Film Award and the British Independent Film Awards for Best Documentary.

Kapadia has an interest in exploring the lives of ‘outsiders’, characters living in timeless, extreme and unforgiving circumstances or landscapes. Born in Hackney, London in 1972, Kapadia studied filmmaking at the Royal College of Art where he first gained recognition with his short film THE SHEEP THIEF (1997) telling the story of a gifted street-kid, made in India, the film won Second Prize at the Cannes International Film Festival 1998 (Cinefondation).

Kapadia’s distinct visual style continued with his first feature THE WARRIOR shot in the deserts of Rajasthan and the Himalayas. The Warrior won two BAFTA awards for Outstanding British Film of the Year and The Award for Special Achievement by a Director in their First Feature as well as being nominated for Best Film Not in the English Language. Kapadia’s FAR NORTH (2004) shot in the high Arctic had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival.

Kapadia is currently in production on new drama feature ALI AND NINO for Archery Pictures.

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James Gay-Rees – Producer

James Gay-Rees has produced a wide variety of feature films but is perhaps best known for producing high-profile documentary films including the double BAFTA winning SENNA, directed by Asif Kapadia, and the Academy Award® nominated EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP directed by Banksy. His recent work ALL THIS MAYHEM directed by Eddie Martin received an AACTA nomination for Best Feature Length Documentary.

After graduating from Southampton University in 1988, James worked briefly for Arthur Andersen in London before moving on to Miramax Films in New York and then Paramount Pictures in Los Angeles. After setting up Midfield Films as a first-look deal with Working Title Films in 1998, he has produced 11 films.

In 2014, Gay-Rees joined forces with Asif Kapadia, Jolyon Symonds and David Morrissey to form 'On The Corner', an independent production company set up to produce original, high-quality drama and documentaries.

Alongside AMY, Gay-Rees’ next project is PALIO, Cosima Spender’s feature documentary on the Palio horse race in Siena, which world premieres in competition at Tribeca Film Festival.

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AMY ON DVD & BLU-RAY NOVEMBER 2

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