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Westminster graduate Asif Kapadia’s Amy scoops up a Grammy a day after winning a BAFTA

Television, Film and Moving Image 19 February 2016

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Westminster graduate and film director Asif Kapadia’s documentary of the late singer Amy Winehouse, entitled Amy, won the Grammy Award for Best Music Film. Amy was also the winner of this year’s BAFTA for Best Documentary.

Having debuted at the Cannes Film Festival, Kapadia's Amy documents the late British soul singer’s rise to fame and the events that led to her death at the age of 27 in 2011. The film has been hailed 'a tragic masterpiece' by critics.

At the Grammy Awards Amy was up against Mr Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown, Sonic Highways, What Happened, Miss Simone? and The Wall.

Using archive footage, including home movies and audio interviews, the film shows how Amy Winehouse channelled her personal struggles into her music.

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

He has also spent time teaching film students at the Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design, and sat on the advisory board for the University’s historic Regent Street Cinema alongside other key figures from the British film industry.

Asif Kapadia’s Amy is also nominated for an Oscar, alongside University of Westminster academic Dr Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence, and the short film Stutterer, produced by film graduate Shan Christopher Ogilvie.

The University of Westminster’s 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.


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