‘I don’t feel the world knew the true her’: Amy Winehouse’s mother Janis tells the story of the iconic singer in new documentary 10 years after her tragic death aged 27
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Amy Winehouse’s mother Janis tells her daughter’s story in a new documentary, and says she doesn’t think ‘the world knew the true her’ 10 years after the star’s tragic death.
In the new BBC Two film Amy Winehouse: 10 Years On, Janis will tell the story of one of the UK’s greatest musical icons through new parts of her life that the public have never heard about.
The Back To Black singer tragically passed away aged 27 on the 23 July in 2011 after being found dead in her bed due to alcohol poisoning.
Heartbreaking: Amy Winehouse’s mother Janis tells the story of her daughter in a new documentary, and says she doesn’t think ‘the world knew the true her’ 10 years after her death
Janis 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.’
The mother-of-two will be helped to tell the story by family members as she lives with Multiple Sclerosis, a condition which threatens to strip her of her memories of her daughter.
This has been a large part of her motivation to make the documentary, as she tells most of the story and gives a new perspective to the star’s life.
Icon: The Back To Black singer tragically passed away aged 27 on the 23 July in 2011 after being found dead in her bed due to alcohol poisoning (pictured in 2008)
The film will be a powerful and sensitive account of Amy, offering a new female-driven interpretation of her life, her loves and her legacy.
Amy Winehouse: 10 Years On will include access to never-before-seen personal archive of Amy from the family and treasures from the BBC archives.
Amy’s life will be celebrated across the BBC with Radio 6 commemorating the anniversary with an Artist Collection and Radio 2 planning a documentary about her influence on the next generation of female singer-songwriters.
Dov Freedman, Executive Producer for Curious Films, said ‘Amy was a true musical icon, and we couldn’t be prouder to help those closest to Amy reclaim her story, 10 years after her death’.
Janis and her ex-husband Mitch set up the Amy Winehouse Foundation following her death.
They created the charity in honour of the late singer on what would have been her 28th birthday on the 14 September 2011.
Talking at an event, Mitch shared some of the organisation’s achievements, and said: ‘I’m happy to say ladies and gentlemen in the last three years we have addressed over 300,000 young people… and that’s a tremendous addition to Amy’s legacy.
‘Because Amy’s legacy is not just going to be about music, it’s going to be about all these other wonderful things that she’s doing.’
Heartbreaking: Janis lives with Multiple Sclerosis, a condition which threatens to strip her of her memories of her daughter, which is the motivation for making the documentary (pictured together in 2008)
Amy soared to fame upon the release of Frank in 2003, as she gained both critical and commercial success with the debut as her jazz-inspired vocals won fans all over before her second album Back To Black’s introduction three years later.
In a heartbreaking turn of fate, the London-born icon’s dazzling career was plighted by her demons after she fell into the clutches of drink and drug addiction.
As she ascended higher on the fame ladder she discovered her demons – in drink, drugs and also eating disorders, which her brother Alex insists contributed to her death.
In 2011, an inquest gave a verdict of misadventure after finding that she had 416mg of alcohol per decilitre in her blood.
This is more than five times the legal drink-drive limit and enough to cause her to become comatose and depress her respiratory system.
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Family: Janis and Mitch set up the Amy Winehouse Foundation following her death. Amy pictured with Jane Winehouse (stepmother), Janis (mother), Mitch (father) and Melody (aunt) in 2008 (L-R)