The words are haunting.
“I don’t think I’ll be famous”, the late Amy Winehouse says in a new documentary on her tragic life.
“I don’t think I could handle it. I’d probably go mad”, she adds.
Ultimately her fame did drive her mad, in a way, and probably led her to take her own life at the tender age of 27.
Now, four years after her death, a new documentary – simply titled ‘Amy’, by British-Indian filmmaker Asif Kapadia – explores Winehouse’s’ extraordinary musical gift, her meteoric rise to fame and how the world was robbed of one of the most gifted artists of recent decades.
Director Asif Kapadia
It’s familiar territory for Kapadia, the man behind the acclaimed 2010 documentary ‘Senna’ which depicts the life and death of Formula 1 racing driver Ayrton Senna – another wildly popular and gifted artiste whose life was snuffed out at its very peak.
In ‘Amy’, Kapadia has made use of an extensive library of archive footage – as he did with Senna – to chart Winehouse’s journey from her childhood home in North London to global superstardom and her death from alcohol poising in 2011.
Archive footage is mixed in with interviews with Winehouse’s family, friends and her ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil, who Winehouse’s father Mitch claims introduced the young singer to the drugs that eventually destroyed her.