Amy Winehouse remembered in new film marking 10 years since death

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In this file photo taken on June 27, 2008 British singer Amy Winehouse performs during a concert in honour of Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday in Hyde Park, central London. July 23, 2021 will mark the ten year anniversary of the death of Amy Winehouse. Image Credit: AFP

Amy Winehouse’s family and friends look back on her life in a new documentary marking 10 years since the singer’s death, with harrowing accounts of her rise to global fame and struggles with addiction.

Narrated by her mother Janis Winehouse-Collins, ‘Reclaiming Amy’ features home footage, family pictures and interviews with close friends who recall the six-time Grammy Award winner’s happier as well as darker times.

Winehouse-Collins, who has multiple sclerosis (MS), has rarely spoken about her daughter publicly but shares her version of events in the documentary, which was commissioned by Britains BBC Two and BBC Music and will air on Friday.

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In this file photo taken on July 23, 2009 British singer Amy Winehouse is pictured during a break in her trial outside Westminster Magistrates Court in London. Image Credit: AFP

“Its only looking back now that I realise how little we understood,” Winehouse-Collins says in the film. “She was prone to addiction, she could not stop herself. It’s a very cruel beast.”

Winehouse, who struggled with drink and drug problems through much of her career, died from alcohol poisoning at her north London home on July 23, 2011. She was 27.

Considered one of the most talented singers of her generation with hits including ‘Rehab’ and ‘Back to Black’, her untimely death shook the music world.

“I look back and there’s lots of things I wish I would have done differently,” says her father Mitch Winehouse, who has faced criticism in the media over the singer’s struggles.

“You couldn’t tell her to do something or not do something … nobody controlled Amy. Amy was the governor.”

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In this file photo taken on June 22, 2007 British singer Amy Winehouse performs at the Glastonbury music festival, in Pilton, Somerset. Image Credit: AFP

The documentary, which addresses Winehouse’s relationships, bulimia and mental health issues, details her family and friends’ powerless attempts to help her.

“Behind closed doors, we were all trying to deal with the power of her addiction,” says Winehouse-Collins. “As her health got worse, my MS progressed. I couldn’t help her.”

In happier moments, Winehouse-Collins reads her daughter’s school report cards, which noted her love of performing.

“Even when shes not here, shes here,” Winehouse-Collins says as she visits her daughter’s gravestone. “Always one to watch over me.”