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A once-in-a-generation talent and a pure jazz artist in the most authentic sense, Amy wrote and sung from the heart using her musical gifts to analyze her own problems. Her huge success, however, resulted in relentless media attention which coupled with Amy’s troubled relationships and precarious lifestyle saw her life tragically begin to unravel.

Director: Asif Kapadia
Year: 2015
Time: 128 min

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Share this film. Give others the chance to be affected by Amy’s story.

Learn about the Amy Winehouse Foundation and their work preventing drug and alcohol abuse amongst teens and young adults. The foundation was established by Amy’s family on what would have been her 28th birthday. adults.

Read one of the many books written about Amy, including Amy Winehouse: The Biography, her father’s take Amy, My Daughter, and Loving Amy: A Mother’s Story.

Help a loved one with a substance abuse problem – or eating disorder. It is much easier said than done. The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and Mayo Clinic both offer some practical advice for intervention.

Be conscientious over the media you consume. The often vicious tactics employed by the tabloid press are fuelled by readership.

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Shortly after Asif Kapadia stepped onstage at the BAFTAs last weekend to collect his Best Documentary award for Amy, Amy Winehouse’s father Mitch sent out a tweet making his feelings clear. “This is a one dimensional, miserable and misleading portrait of Amy,” he wrote. “Asif knows.”

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The Reluctant Celebrity: A Parable On the Fatal Cost of Fame

With the nationwide release of Amy, the bio-doc of Amy Winehouse, I am reminded of the all too often fatal cost of fame. After seeing the movie, there is something I want to shout from the highest peak so that people can it hear this loud and clear: “Fame can kill you!”

Read the full article on the Huffington Post.

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Read about it on the Guardian.

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