The Oscar’s have come and gone and, deservedly so, Amy, the film based on the life and times of the singer Amy Winehouse, picked up the award for Best Documentary Feature.
The documentary fought off some heavy competition including: The Look Of Silence, Cartel Land, What Happened Miss Simone?, and Winter’s On Fire: Ukraine’s Fight For Freedom.
Director Asif Kapadia’s documentary was released to critical acclaim in July 2015 and went on to become the highest grossing British documentary ever at the UK box office.
In his acceptance speech, director Kapadia paid tribute to Winehouse, saying: “This film is all about Amy. This is about showing the world who she really was, not a tabloid persona, the beautiful girl, the amazing soul, funny, intelligent, witty, someone special, someone who needed looking after.”
In an interview with NME about the making of Amy last year, Kapadia said that he became increasingly “angry” while making the film and finding out more about Winehouse’s demise, elaborating that he “wanted the audience to be angry” too.
The filmmaker went on to explain: “People watching the film tend to feel a bit guilty,” he said. “One reading of it is that we all got into this idea that we could bully this girl, or join in laughing at her, because she wouldn’t answer back and didn’t have anyone around her who seemed to care.”
“We never stopped to think about what we were doing to her. This is a girl who had a mental illness, yet every comedian, every TV host, they all did it with such ease, without even thinking. We all got carried away with it.”
Check out the official trailer for Amy below: