10 whole years after Amy Winehouse’s death, her mother, Janice Winehouse, offers an insight into her late daughter’s life.
“Amy Winehouse: 10 years on” celebrates the legacy left behind by Amy and it has the form of a film more than a documentary. It features the unseen parts of her life, like her friends and family, stories and memories about the icon, and original material, like photos, that have never seen the light of publicity.
The inspiration and motivation behind the creation of the documentary is Janice’s deteriorating health, which threatens to strip her of her memories of Amy, as she confessed to BBC. Her need is to introduce to the world a different Amy, the one that was a daughter, more than an artist. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to offer an understanding of her roots and a deeper insight into the real Amy,” she says and we quote.
The documentary has a celebratory note to it, and it includes unheard and rare performances of the artist. Furthermore, its goal is for us to watch it and reinterpret the narrative around her rise and fall, with the help of the ones that were the closest to her.
However, it is not the first time that Amy’s life has become a documentary. In 2015, Asif Kapadia’s “Amy”, besides receiving a ton of positive reviews, came across some controversy as well. Mitch Winehouse, Amy’s father, was the harshest saying that it was “misleading” and “unbalanced”.
The upcoming documentary is part of a series of shows produced by BBC Radio 2, celebrating Amy Winehouse’s life and legacy and commemorating her death. We are looking forward to enjoying this documentary which will bring back memories of the musical genius.
Words by Vasiliki Roussou