We’ve had a lot of dramas and docs about dead popstars the most recent being the Whitney Houston biopic ‘I wanna dance with Somebody’. Well now the highly anticipated feature film about Amy Winehouse’s vibrant years living in London in the early aughts and her intense journey to fame and titled ‘Back to Black’ is about to start production …..although frankly we thought a better title would be, ‘They tried to make me go to rehab but I said, no, no no!’ ….but we digress. Acclaimed filmmaker and visual artist Sam Taylor-Johnson will direct and executive produce the film, with break-out star Marisa Abela landing the coveted lead role. Back in Black starts filming on Monday, January 16th 2023 in London.
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BACK TO BLACK was written by Matt Greenhalgh, reuniting the scribe with Taylor-Johnson following their collaboration on Nowhere Boy in 2009. Featuring many of Amy’s hit songs, BACK TO BLACK has the full support of Universal Music Group, Sony Music Publishing and The Amy Winehouse Estate.
Amy Winehouse is widely considered one of the greatest artists in recent history, selling more than 30 million records worldwide, and today generating more than 80 million streams per month. Her acclaimed produced 2006 album Back To Black, propelled her to global stardom, going on to win a (then) record breaking 5 Grammy Awards. BACK TO BLACK will focus on her journey that took her from the craziness and colour of 90’s Camden High Street to global adoration – and back again.
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Director Sam Taylor-Johnson comments: My connection to Amy began when I left college and was hanging out in the creatively diverse London borough of Camden. I got a job at the legendary KOKO CLUB, … A few years later Amy wrote her searingly honest songs whilst living in Camden. …. it became part of her DNA. I first saw her perform at a talent show at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in Soho and it was immediately obvious she wasn’t just ’talent’… she was genius. I am fully aware of the responsibility, with my writing collaborator – Matt Greenhalgh – I will create a movie that we will all love and cherish forever. Just like we do Amy.”