5 Amy Winehouse Documentary Moments That Show An Unexpected Side Of Her Musical Genius — VIDEO
There's a lot you might not know about Amy Winehouse. Almost four years have passed since her death, and the new teaser trailer for the upcoming documentary film Amy shows there was a lot more to Winehouse's life and musical legacy beyond her public persona, famously troubled personal life, and struggles with addiction. The teaser gives a glimpse of the haunting documentary that follows the Grammy-winning recording artist's early life and career, with vintage photos, interviews, and videos of Winehouse as a young girl offering a look at who she was before she became famous. According to TIME, Amy will arrive in U.K. theaters this July 3, and is directed by Asif Kapadia.
The trailer includes an interview clip and voiceover of young Winehouse as an up-and-comer in the music industry before she had reached the peak of her fame. Paired with additional footage of Winehouse recording "Back To Black," the song from the album by the same name that initially launched her to fame, the teaser gives a tear-jerking sense of foreshadowing as Winehouse reveals she never wanted to be famous. She also alludes to the treacherous, unstable relationships that can come with celebrity and the tabloid circus that seemed to descend on her during her struggles with addiction.
Here are the most haunting, touching moments from the Amy trailer that show an unexpected side of Winehouse's life and musical genius:
When she talks about beginning her music career
"Singing has always been important to me, but I never thought 'I'll end up singing, I'll be a singer.'"
On finding her own voice
She tells an interviewer, "I felt like I had nothing new at the time that was coming out that really represented me or the way I felt [...] so I just thought I'd write."
On her songwriting process and the music that made her famous
"I wouldn't write anything unless it was directly personal to me, just 'cause I wouldn't be able to tell the story right."
When she says it's always been about the music
"I'm not a girl trying to be a star, or trying to be anything other than a musician."
On her musical legacy and unexpected rise to fame
When an interviewer asks,"How big do you think you’re going to be?" Winehouse answers, "I don't. I don't think I'm gonna be at all famous. I don't think I could handle. I would probably go mad, you know what I mean? I would go mad."
"Is it hard to know who you can trust?" someone asks, and Winehouse answers, "Yeah."
Here's the full teaser trailer for the new documentary Amy, coming in 2015: