Amy (2015)

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German title Amy
Original title Amy - The Girl Behind the Name
Country of production United Kingdom
original language English
Publishing year 2015
length 128 minutes
Age rating U o. A.
JMK 10
Director Asif Kapadia
script Chris King
production James Gay-Rees ,
Paul Bell ,
George Pank
music Antonio Pinto ,
Amy Winehouse
camera Matt Curtis
cut Chris King

Amy (Original title: Amy - The Girl Behind the Name ) is a 2015 British documentary - motion picture film about the life of Amy Winehouse . Asif Kapadia worked as a director . In Germany the film was distributed by the film distributor Prokino. The film was produced by Universal Music , Playmaker Film and Krishwerkz Entertainment. The film was shown in German cinemas from July 16, 2015. The film was released in Great Britain on July 3, 2015, in Cannes on May 16, 2015. The film premiere in Great Britain was at the Edinburgh International Film Festival .


The film shows the career of Amy Winehouse and her death at the age of 27 in Camden, north London on July 23, 2011 as a result of alcohol poisoning.

The film begins in 1998 with an amateur video showing Amy Winehouse, then 14, singing with her friend Juliette Ashby at a birthday party. The other film shows Winehouse's career, which had great success with her two albums Frank (2003) and Back to Black (2006). Her problems with private relationships, bulimia and a tendency towards self-destruction are also discussed. A major issue is her drug addiction, which eventually led to her early death. The documentary consists of interviews with Winehouse, friends, relatives and work colleagues. A performance by Winehouse at the Virgin Festival, Pimlico, Baltimore in 2007 and unreleased songs like "Stronger Than Me", "In My Bed", "What Is It About Men?" And Donny Hathaway's "We're Still Friends", a cover of Johnny Mercer's "Moon River" are also part of the documentation.


On Rotten Tomatoes , the film is described as good with 97 percent. However, the film is also referred to as one-dimensional. Father Mitch Winehouse criticized his daughter Amy for being misrepresented.

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Individual evidence

  1. Release certificate for Amy . Voluntary self-regulation of the film industry, June 2015 (PDF; test number: 152 804 K).
  2. ^ Age rating for Amy . Youth Media Commission .