A first look at Back to Black, the upcoming biopic of Amy Winehouse, is here.
Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy, Fifty Shades of Grey), and starring newcomer Marisa Abela as the late British singer, Back to Black follows Winehouse’s early rise to fame and the release of her Grammy-winning album of the same title.
The first teaser for the Winehouse biopic has been released and offers glimpses of Abela’s Winehouse donning the signature beehive, thick eyeliner and performing to a cheering crowd.
“I don’t write songs to be famous,” she says in the trailer. “I write songs because I don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t.”
Later she adds: “I want people to hear my voice and just forget my troubles” and “I want to be remembered for just being me”.
At another point, we hear her saying, “You’ve got to remember, I ain’t no Spice Girl.”
Several scenes from Winehouse’s life have been recreated for the film, including her infamous 2008 Grammy performance.
The film has the blessing of the Winehouse estate overseen by Amy’s father, Mitch, who Eddie Marsan plays in the biopic.
The cast includes Bronson Webb, Ansu Kabia, Harley Bird, and Jack O’Connell as Winehouse’s husband from 2007-2009, Blake Fielder-Civil.
An official synopsis for the film provided by StudioCanal calls it “A celebration of the most iconic — and much missed — homegrown star of the 21st century.
“Painting a vivid, vibrant picture of the Camden streets she called home and capturing the struggles of global fame, Back to Black honours Amy’s artistry, wit, and honesty, as well as trying to understand her demons.”
Speaking to Empire magazine, director Taylor-Johnson said the film will be told from the late singer’s perspective.
“We really wanted to do it from [Amy’s] perspective, and through her eyes; to take us on the journey through her music, and through her words, so that we’re back with her,” the director explained.
“Rather than the documentary, which is very much outside looking in. I wanted to feel like we were with her in her creative process.”
Watch the Back to Black trailer below:
Back to Back will land in New Zealand cinemas on April 25.