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Amy Winehouse documentary directed by Westminster alumnus debuts at Cannes Film Festival

Television, Film and Moving Image 21 May 2015

Westminster graduate Asif Kapadia’s biopic of the late singer Amy Winehouse, entitled Amy, has received much praise at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, with critics hailing it as ‘a tragic masterpiece’.

Described by The Guardian as “stunningly moving and powerful: intimate, passionate, often shocking, and almost mesmerically absorbing”, Kapadia's film documents the late British soul singer’s rise to fame and the events that led to her tragic death in 2011 at the age of 27.

Using archive footage including intimate home movies along with audio interviews, the film shows how Amy channelled the struggles she faced in her personal life into her music. A once-in-a-generation talent, Winehouse was a musician that captured the world's attention.

Since graduating from the University of Westminster in 1994, Asif Kapadia has directed several award-winning films, including the 2010 award-winning documentary Senna which won the World Cinema Audience Award Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival 2011. His other works have included The Sheep Thief (1997), winner of the second Prize of Cinéfondation for Short Film at the Cannes Film Festival; The Warrior (2001), which won the BAFTA for Best British Film; and Far North (2007, FILM4) which premiered at the Venice Film Festival.

Speaking of his time at the University of Westminster in an exclusive interview, Kapadia said:“I learnt a lot at Westminster and all of that comes through in every film that I’ve made since.”

Asif has presented Exploding Cinema for Radio 4 and been the patron of the East End Film Festival. He has also spent time teaching film students at the University of Westminster’s Faculty of Media, Arts and Design. Kapadia sat on the advisory board for the University’s newly reopened Regent Street Cinema alongside other key players from the British Film Industry.

The University of Westminster Film BA Honours degree is one of the best known film and television courses in the world, with an international reputation for its academic and practical teaching.

Read our full interview with Asif Kapadia on our alumni page.

For more information about the newly reopened Regent Street Cinema visit the cinema’s official website.

Watch the trailer for Amy

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