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#Blockbuster: Asif Kapadia’s ‘Amy’ becomes biggest British documentary at box office


British-Indian filmmaker Asif Kapadia’s critically acclaimed documentary about tragic singer Amy Winehouse is set to become the highest-grossing British documentary of all time.

‘Amy’, which premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, has already racked up just over £3 million at the box office and is well on the way to surpassing another Kapadia classic, ‘Senna’, as the record holder.

‘Senna’, which told the story of Brazilian Formula One driver Ayrton Senna, made £3.17million at cinemas.

‘Amy’ has already grossed £3.16 million.

The two films are similar in many ways.  Both are powerful examinations of the lives of two widely-loved talents whose lives were tragically cut short: Seena’s by way of a horrific accident on the Formula One circuit in Imola, Italy and Winehouse’s by the ravages of alcohol at the age of just 27.

Critics have been universal in their praise for ‘Amy’.  Her family however, have not been so effusive calling Kapadia’s film “misleading”.

The filmmaker weaves together a compelling narrative using never-before-seen archival footage of Winehouse, charting the talented singer’s meteoric rise and her equally dramatic and heart-wrenching demise.

Watch a click from 'Amy'.

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#COMMENT: Black and Brown Faces at Office Christmas Parties

Many people, by which of course I mean some of my friends, think that being a journalist is glamorous – all breaking news and high powered press conferences. The reality however, is quite different. There are few ethnic minorities in journalism.  This month an (Asian) journalist wrote in a private …

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