Asif Kapadia's film has been nominated for two BAFTAs
Asif Kapadia’s acclaimed documentary Amy based on the life of the troubled singer has been nominated for two BAFTA awards.
The film about Amy Winehouse who was blighted by drug and alcohol dependency
was nominated in the Outstanding British Film and Documentary award category of the upcoming 69th British Academy Film Awards.
It is also up for a gong in the documentary category.
Amy is the highest-grossing British documentary of all time and delves into the short and volatile life of the jazz star who was found dead in 2011 from alcohol poisoning at the age of 27 at her home in Camden.
The film uses intimate home-video footage to chart the celebrity from her teenage years to her tragic death.
London born Kapadia won wide acclaim for his previous film Senna about Formula One ace Ayrton Senna.
The director said the biggest challenge in making Amy was breaking through a wall of silence among Winehouse’s friends.
In the Outstanding British Film category, Amy is up against The Danish Girl, Ex Machina, Brooklyn, The Lobster and 45 Years.
While in the Documentary category, the film has been nominated alongside Matthew Heineman’s Cartel Land, Davis Guggenheim’s He Named Me Malala, Marlon Stevan Riley’s Listen to Me and Jennifer Peedom’s Sherpa.
Guggenheim’s film follows Malala over a period of two years and explores the tender relationship she has with her father.
The EE British Academy Film Awards take place on Sunday 14 February at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London.