Amy Winehouse film to be made by Senna director

25/04/13

Amy Winehouse

A British director will use previously unseen footage in a new documentary about the late singer Amy Winehouse.

Asif Kapadia won a Bafta for his 2010 documentary film Senna, which was about Brazilian F1 champion Ayrton Senna.

"Amy was a once-in-a-generation talent," said Asif Kapadia in a joint statement with film producer James Gay-Rees. "She wrote and sung from the heart."

The singer died in 2011 at the age of 27 from alcohol poisoning.

Amy was a once-in-a-generation talent who captured everyone's attention. She wrote and sung from the heart and everyone fell under her spell
Film director Asif Kapadia

"Everyone fell under her spell," said the statement released by the film director and producer.

"But tragically, Amy seemed to fall apart under the relentless media attention, her troubled relationships, her global success and precarious lifestyle," Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees added.

The documentary about Amy Winehouse will be similar to the award winning film Senna, which was shown worldwide in cinemas in 2011.

The Brazilian Formula 1 racing driver died at the age of 34.

Ayrton Senna was killed in a crash while leading the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. He remains the last driver fatality in the sport.

Amy Winehouse tribute
Image caption Fans left gifts outside Amy Winehouse's house where she died in July 2011

In the film, there is footage taken by the Senna family and interviews with friends.

It finishes with people mourning at his funeral.

The Amy Winehouse film has yet to be given a title, but it is hoped it will be shown at Cannes Film Festival in May.

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