No less a vocal luminary than Tony Bennett rated Amy Winehouse as good a jazz singer as Billie Holiday or Dinah Washington. This was after they had recorded a version of Body and Soul together in 2011 at the Abbey Road Studios in London, for Tony’s Duets album.
Four months later, she was dead.
Asif Kapadia’s movie Amy contains some heart-rending insights into the singer’s brilliant, short, troubled life.
Original and previously unseen video clips of her life and music show a girl with an incredible raw talent, but who never came to terms with her parents breaking up and who found it impossible to deal with subsequent stardom.
A combination of bulimia, drugs and alcohol led to her early, but tragically inevitable, death at the tender age of 27.
Alongside her hauntingly perfect jazz singer’s voice, trenchant lyrics scroll across the screen, telling the story of failed love affairs and a sad person.
This is not an easy film to watch. But it is a brilliant piece of documentary movie-making, from the same team as the award-winning Senna.