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Asif Kapadia to direct Amy Winehouse documentary

Award-winning director Asif Kapadia is to make a documentary about Amy Winehouse, using previously unseen footage of the late London-born singer.

Kapadia won a BAFTA for his 2010 documentary for 'Senna', based on the life of Brazilian Formula One legend Ayrton Senna.

"Amy was a once-in-a-generation talent," said Asif Kapadia in a joint statement with film producer James Gay-Rees.

"She wrote and sung from the heart."

The singer died in 2011 at the age of 27 from alcohol poisoning.

"Everyone fell under her spell," said the statement released by the film director and producer.

"But tragically, Amy seemed to fall apart under the relentless media attention, her troubled relationships, her global success and precarious lifestyle," Kapadia and Gay-Rees added.

The duo's documentary on Winehouse will be similar in structure to Senna which featured footage taken by the driver's family as well as interviews with friends and associates.

Senna died in a high-speed crash at the San Marino Grand Prix in 1994, the last driver fatality in the sport.

The as-yet-untitled Winehouse documentary is set to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival in May.



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