Do We Know The Real Amy Winehouse?

The star’s mother aims to set the record straight with an upcoming documentary.


It’s hard to believe that a decade has passed since Amy Winehouse’s tragic death. In preparation for the 10-year milestone anniversary of the musician’s passing, her mother wants to set the record straight about Amy. 

A new documentary, Amy Winehouse: 10 Years On, is set to premiere on BBC Two later in 2021. The 5-time Grammy winner’s mother, Janis Winehouse, is living with Multiple Sclerosis, and according to a BBC press release, her illness “threatens to strip her of her memories of Amy and is a large part of her motivation to make this timely and personal documentary.” 

After a long and public battle with addiction, Winehouse was found dead at age 27 due to alcohol poisoning. Since then, the singer/songwriter has been the focus of many pieces of media exploring her career and untimely death including the critically acclaimed 2015 documentary, Amy. While the film was widely revered– even winning Best Documentary Feature at the 88th Academy Awards– her family didn’t approve of the way it portrayed Winehouse. Her father, Mitch Winehouse, called the film “misleading” and said it was “not what [Amy] would have wanted.”

So, after watching so many examinations and portrayals of her life over the past decade, it’s finally time for Winehouse’s family to have a say in her narrative and celebrate their loved one through a freshly personal lens. In a press release about the upcoming film, Janis Winehouse said, “I don’t feel the world knew the true Amy, the one that I brought up, and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to offer an understanding of her roots and a deeper insight into the real Amy.” 

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