Amy, the 2015 film about the late singer songwriter Amy Winehouse, was last night named Best Documentary by the British Academy of Film & Television Arts.
The film was directed by Asif Kapadia and produced by James Gay-Rees, who previously won the Best Documentary BAFTA in 2012 for Senna.
The pair were approached in 2013 with the idea of making a film about Amy Winehouse by Universal Music UK chairman David Joseph, the film’s executive producer alongside Universal Music UK director of business affairs Adam Barker. The film was co-produced by Universal Music alongside On The Corner, the production company of Kapadia and Gay-Rees.
Joseph has called Amy a very complicated and tender movie, saying: “It tackles lots of things about family and media, fame, addiction, but most importantly it captures the very heart of what she was about, which is an amazing person and a true musical genius.”
Amy has become the highest-grossing British documentary of all time and is nominated for an Oscar in the Best Documentary Feature category at the forthcoming Academy Awards, as well as a Grammy for Best Music Film. The singer Amy Winehouse is also nominated for a posthumous BRIT Award for Best British Female.