You remember Amy Winehouse, right? You remember how she came out with two awesome albums? You remember how she spent the last five years of her life becoming an object of public mockery? You remember how she died in 2011, and therefore, is no longer a valid target of abuse? Well, now, several tributes to her life are coming soon.
The first is a documentary, currently untitled, that will be directed by Asif Kapadia, who directed a film called Senna, about Formula One driver Ayrton Senna. Until discovering this article, I have heard of neither one, but since the film’s RottenTomatoes score is somewhere in the nineties, I probably should rectify that. Also attached to the project are James Gay-Rees, producer of the Banksy documentary Exit Through The Gift Shop, and Focus Features International, expected to shop the film to studios at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival.
According to a statement from Amy’s family: “”The Winehouse family have been approached with many proposals for a documentary about Amy’s life and work. We treated the subject with great care, with a desire to tell her story right. The award winning producers of Senna presented a vision that would look at Amy’s story sensitively, honestly, without sensationalising her. We want this to be a tribute to her musical legacy.”
A statement from the filmmakers says: “This is an incredibly modern, emotional and relevant film that has the power to capture the zeitgeist and shine a light on the world we live in, in a way that very few films can,” said Kapadia and Gay-Rees. Amy was a once-in-a-generation talent who captured everyone’s attention; she wrote and sung from the heart and everyone fell under her spell. But tragically Amy seemed to fall apart under the relentless media attention, her troubled relationships, her global success and precarious lifestyle. As a society we celebrated her huge success but then we were quick to judge her failings when it suited us.”
Also, last month, work-in-progress images of a statue by Scott Eaton were leaked, and can be seen above. The statue is part of a larger project in Camden.
Quoth Eaton: “The memorial is planned as a life-sized bronze to be installed on the first floor terrace of the Roundhouse in Camden. In my opinion it is a little early to be sharing these images given that there is a lot of sculpting still to do, but the planning application is now public and they are in the news.”
The statue is set to be unveiled on September 14, 2014, on what would have been the star’s 31st birthday. Presumably, they couldn’t get a head start and unveil it on what would have been her 30th birthday. Quoth Mitch Winehouse: “September 14, 2014 at the Roundhouse in Camden Town, we’ll be unveiling Amy’s statue…[It] will be accompanied by a concert. So far, the support from stars has been incredible. He added that the show will be a huge production: “We want to make it like a Live Aid type concert where we get maybe four, five, six hours’ worth. People doing a couple of songs each. Obviously that involves a lot of people.”
Also, according to The Sun, Amy could even have a road in North London named after her. Residents in Kings Cross have been asked to submit possible names for a new street close to Winehouse’s hometown of Camden. There have been other names nominated, like Charles Dickens and Mary Shelley, but
The Sun says that residents in Kings Cross have been asked to submit proposals to name a new street in an area which is being redeveloped for a new housing and is close to Winehouse’s former home of Camden. Although other names nominated for the road include tributes to Great Expectations author Charles Dickens and Frankenstein writer Mary Shelley, fans of Winehouse’s have submitted the name ‘Winehouse Street’ for consideration.
Quoth Mitch Winehouse: “To think that our surname would be indelibly linked with London through the naming of a street after Amy is remarkable. We’re a London family through and through and it would be a tremendous honour if we do become a literal part of the fabric of this great city.” Gerald Dickens, great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens, had no comment.
But, it’s not all good. Mitch has also caught wind of Beyonce’s cover of his daughter’s song “Back to Black,” covered for the soundtrack of the upcoming Baz Luhrmann film version of The Great Gatsby. While he has no plan on suing Beyonce, and is not in much of a position to do so, he has said this: “I don’t think she brings anything to it. I wasn’t asked for my permission if they could record it. They have got to pay for the privilege, which is what they are doing. I can’t tell you how much it is but it’s a lot of money.”