The one-off documentary, Amy Winehouse: 10 Years On, has been commissioned by the BBC.
“I don’t feel the world knew the true Amy, the one that I brought up, and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to offer an understanding of her roots and a deeper insight into the real Amy.” – Janis Winehouse
Amy’s story will be told primarily through her mum, Janis – a figure close to Amy whom we have yet to hear a lot from and whose version of events often differs from the narrative we have been told before.
Janis lives with Multiple Sclerosis, a condition that threatens to strip her of her memories of Amy, and is a large part of her motivation to make this timely and personal documentary. Janis will be aided by family, friends and those who knew Amy best to piece together a side of Amy rarely seen.
Using hitherto-unreleased archive content from the family, as well as content from the BBC Archives, the film will be, the Beeb state, ‘a powerful and sensitive account of one of Britain’s best-loved and greatly-missed musical talents’.
Amy’s life will be celebrated across the BBC with content on television, iPlayer and BBC Sounds.
The multi-award-winning jazz singer – remembered for hits including Rehab, Back to Black and Valerie – died from alcohol poisoning in 2011 at the age of 27.
“Amy Winehouse: 10 Years On promises to be a celebratory and intimate portrayal of one of the brightest musical talents the UK has ever seen. Whilst being a celebration of her musical genius and featuring rare and unheard performances, it will also offer a reinterpretation of the prevailing narrative around her rise and fall, told by those closest to her.” – Max Gogarty and Rachel Davies, Commissioning Editors