Amy Winehouse Documentary to Premiere In July

By McCarton Ackerman 04/06/15

Amy depicts the singer as a reluctant star anxious about the perils of fame.

Amy Winehouse

Nearly four years after the tragic death of Amy Winehouse, a new documentary chronicling the life of the troubled singer is set to premiere.

Amy will premiere in the U.K. on July 3 and U.S. distribution rights have already been acquired for the film, according to Rolling Stone. It’s still unclear how much the documentary will devote to Winehouse’s drug use or her untimely death from alcohol poisoning in July 2011, at the age of 27. But the trailer shows her as a reluctant star anxious about the perils of fame, with one snippet showing her admitting to an interviewer that she’s unable to trust anyone.

"I'm not a girl trying to be a star or trying to be anything besides a musician," she said in the archival footage. "I don't think I'm gonna be at all famous. I don't think I could handle it. I'd probably go mad."

Winehouse had reportedly developed a dangerous habit of abstaining from alcohol completely before binging heavily. In the memoir written by her father Mitch, Amy, My Daughter, he revealed that she suffered a seizure during one rehab stint from drugs hidden inside a teddy bear by her ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil. He also managed to thwart her plans to sneak crack cocaine into that treatment facility.

“Nobody chooses to be an addict. Amy didn’t choose to be an addict. 100% of people suffering from addiction didn’t imagine it would end up this way,” he told The Fix in January 2013. “It’s an illness and should be treated as such.”

Shortly after her death, Mitch created the Amy Winehouse Foundation, an organization designed to prevent the effects of drug and alcohol misuse on young people. All proceeds from the memoir and his album Rush of Love went directly to the organization.

Unfortunately, others attempted to cash in on Winehouse’s death for their own bank accounts. In June 2013, British rocker Pete Doherty, a former lover of Winehouse, attempted to auction off discarded cigarette butts once smoked by her.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.