First Trailer of Amy Winehouse's Documentary Released

"I don't think I'll be at all famous; I don't think I could handle it - I would probably go mad," Amy Winehouse says forebodingly in the snippet of BAFTA-winning director Asif Kapadia's upcoming documentary, "Amy: The Girl Behind the Name".

The documentary, set for release on July 3, features photos and footage of the late British soul singer as a child and young adult explaining why she wanted to be an artist, but didn't desire fame. “Singing has always been important to me, but I never thought, ‘I’ll end up singing’ or ‘I’ll be a singer,'” the six-time Grammy winner singer says.

Known for her signature bouffant hairstyle and and numerous tattoos, Winehouse rose to fame with 2006’s “Rehab” before going on to write other major hits including “Valerie” and “You Know I’m No Good.” She struggled publicly with drugs and alcohol during a career in which she recorded two albums and the singer died of alcoholic poisoning at the age of 27 in August 2011.


The documentary will feature unheard recordings and rare archival footage and chart her life from aspiring teen singer songwriter through the release of her two studio albums until her death. The film hits theaters in the U.K. in July on the anniversary of Winehouse’s death. A date for the U.S. release has yet to be set.

-Devashree Goenka