A first look at Back to Black, the Amy Winehouse biopic, has been released by StudioCanal ahead of the film’s premiere in April.
Audiences have been given a glimpse into the winged-eyeliner world of Winehouse in a brief teaser is backed by Winehouse’s song ‘Back to Black’. Newcomer Marisa Abela stars as the North London powerhouse soul singer, who rose to fame with her debut album Frank in 2003 and her follow-up Back to Black in 2006. The multi-Grammy award-winning singer defined the sound of a generation.
Abela’s mother is Jewish and is known for her role in the 2020 BBC and HBO drama Industry. She is joined in the teaser trailer by Jack O'Connell as the singer’s husband, Blake Fielder, and Eddie Marsan as Amy's father Mitch Winehouse. The film also stars Juliet Cowan as Janis Winehouse, and Golden Globe and Oscar-nominated Lesley Manville as Winehouse’s grandmother, Cynthia, whose name was inked on the singer’s right arm.
The film is directed by Sam Taylor-Johson and is written by Matt Greenhalgh, who reunite following their collaboration on the 2009 John Lennon biopic, Nowhere Boy. Taylor-Johnson is also known for her work directing Fifty Shades of Grey.
In the trailer, Winehouse performs on stage at The Dublin Castle in Camden, the pub where she played some of her early gigs. Her 2008 performance at Riverside Studios in Hammersmith is also depicted, with Abela singing Winehouse’s title track, Back to Black.
In the trailer, Winehouse can be seen getting one of her signature tattoos, as well as being hounded by the paparazzi who dominated much of her fame. The star can be heard saying, ”I ain't no Spicegirl.”
The official synopsis of the film says: "Back to Black will focus on Amy's extraordinary genius, creativity and honesty that infused everything she did."
"A journey that took her from the craziness and colour of '90s Camden High Street to global adoration – and back again, Back to Black crashes through the looking glass of celebrity to watch this journey from behind the mirror, to see what Amy saw, to feel what she felt."
Winehouse tragically died in 2011 at the age of 27. In the trailer, she says "I don't write songs to be famous. I write songs because I don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t.” She also says, “I want to be remembered for just being me.”
After Winehouse’s death in 2011, Back to Black briefly became the UK’s best-selling album of the 21st century.
The biopic is set to be released by StudioCanal and Monumental Pictures in cinemas across the UK and Ireland on April 12, 2024.