Amy Winehouse Sings Into the Camera in New ‘Amy’ Documentary Clip
A new clip from Amy, the upcoming Amy Winehouse documentary, reveals intimate footage of the late singer laughing — and singing — into a camera. It features Winehouse's former manager Nick Shymansky providing some context for this look at a young, seemingly lighthearted Amy.
"We'd recorded a few demo recordings, and I started to talk about whether she'd ever consider writing," Shymansky says in the voiceover as we watch Amy smoke, crack jokes and burst into song. "She said she's not sure about writing songs but she's written a lot of poems."
The clip then fades into a shot of a notebook showing outlines for a song, which we're to assume is Amy's handwriting — made all the more poignant by the heart doodles in the margins. Her nascent attempt at lyrics read, "When I'm in / the deepest funk / she cheers me with / a little Monk," and then we hear Shymansky say, "she knew full well she'd been writing songs, but they were very personal songs." It's a brief but engaging look at a star who became an icon after her death by accidental alcohol poisoning in 2011. She was just 27 years old.
Amy's family has slammed the film, claiming it portrays them in what they feel to be a negative light. In a statement to PEOPLE, the family said Amy “is both misleading and contains some basic untruths. The narrative is formed by the testimony of a narrow sample of Amy’s associates, many of whom had nothing to do with her in the last years of her life."
The "Rehab" singer's father told The Sun (quote via PEOPLE), “I felt sick when I watched it for the first time. Amy would be furious." You'll be able to assess how Amy and her family are depicted in the doc when it arrives in the U.S. this summer. You can watch a teaser tailer for Amy below.
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