On Thursday, June 11, 2015, atombash.com was on the scene for a special private screening of the highly anticipated documentary “Amy.” The evening was presented by distributor A24 Films and hosted by Questlove, who was good friends with the late Amy Winehouse. The movie will open in New York and Los Angeles on July 3, 2015 and nationwide on July 10, 2015. It world premiered at Cannes, where it was the buzz of the festival. BAFTA award-winning director Asif Kapadia was on hand to introduce his film to the exclusive crowd at the Crosby Street Hotel. He painted an intimate and fascinating portrait of the singer beginning with her humble roots to becoming a global phenomenon. So much rare archival footage is featured and weaved together wonderfully. These clips were provided by her close friends, journalists and former manager Nick Shymansky. The film also addressed her tumultuous relationship with Blake Fielder-Civil and her struggles with bulimia, drugs and alcohol. The paparazzi and and media were ruthless. The legendary Tony Bennett commented that she was a true jazz singer. Amy Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning in July, 23 2011 at the age of 27. Guests left the screening with a true sense of who Amy was.
Mark Ronson’s family Ann Dexter-Jones, Alexander Jones and Mick Jones attended the screening. Mark co-produced Amy’s iconic “Back to Black” album including “He Can Only Hold Her,” “Wake Up Alone,” “Love Is a Losing Game,” “Back to Black,” “Rehab,” and “You Know I’m No Good.” Legendary producer Salaam Remi worked on the rest of the album and he is also featured in the documentary. UK songstress Natalia Kills and her husband New Zealand crooner Willy Moon, were in attendance. Also spotted were Maggie Betts, Bob Gruen, Cory Kennedy, Danielle Snyder, Jeremy Kost, Lena Hall, Lilly Englert, Maxwell Osborne, Megan Hilty, Brian Gallagher, Peter Cincotti, Sophie Auster, Tamron Hall, Tarajia Morrell, Theodora Woolley, Academy Award winner Geoffrey Fletcher and musician Chloe Flower.
Amy had dreams of starting a super group with Questlove, Yasiin Bey and Raphael Saadiq. In his intro Questlove said that it was going to be difficult to watch the film. He was very fond of Amy. “I have a know it all reputation for knowing music, but she knew way way more stuff than I did and every conversation was always a ‘let me top you on something’ so even until her last week it was like ‘I bet you don’t have this, do you know what this is?’ and I never knew what she was playing me, so I’m just very honored and blessed to have known her for that short period,” Questlove said.
Asif Kapadia added, “this has been a bit of a labor of love for a few of us. We made this previous film ‘Senna,’ the opportunity came along somebody said ‘would you be interested in making a film about Amy in the same way?’ and I’m a Londoner, I’m from North London, I grew up very close to where Amy lived, it all happening half a mile away from my door, and it just became for me it’s been a bit of a journey to try and understand her and understand the music and where it came from and also why things turned out the way they did, so really this film is a lot of questions that I had and hopefully the film will answer them and hopefully you will get to meet what a lot of people said to me – the real Amy. That’s what we tried to find, was the real Amy.” After the screening, guests mingled and reflected on the powerful film!