The film “Back to Black” revives the tragic life of Amy Winehouse

The tragedy of artists dying young is the thought of their unfulfilled potential and what more they could have achieved.

This is the tragic story of Amy Winehouse, the temperamental but extremely talented English singer-songwriter who succumbed to alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011 at the tender age of 27.

Read: British singer Amy Winehouse has died at the age of 27

Amy’s turbulent life and her inner struggles are the focus of the biographical film Back to blackDirected by Sam Taylor Johnson.

Sam is known for her previous works Nowhere boywhich explores Beatle John Lennon’s childhood and erotic drama fifty shades of gray.

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The English actress Marisa Abela (Rogue agent, Barbie) takes on the role of the controversial Amy.

Marisa sings admirably in the film, refusing to dub the songs the late singer recorded and popularized.


Marisa Abela, Amy Winehouse, Back to Black

Singing Amy Winehouse’s songs is no easy task, let alone attempting to reproduce her deep and passionate alto singing style for cinematic purposes.

Marisa admirably managed to pull it off impressively, brushing aside the harsh criticism from some avid Amy Winehouse fans after seeing the trailer.

“One of the incredible things about Amy was that she never performed the same song the same way twice,” Marisa said in an interview for


“I mean, it’s an incredibly distinctive sound, so nailing that sound was the hardest thing.”

Beyond her vocal performance, Marisa did her homework to mimic the singer’s physical characteristics and nuances.

What’s particularly striking in reflecting Amy’s own journey is the visible decay as the pressures of fame, turbulent relationships and escalating addictions take their toll on the singer’s physical appearance.

Marisa Abela, Amy Winehouse, Back to Black


With the help of , Marisa delved intensively into the character Choreographer and movement trainer Sara Green.

To this end, the actress visited the late singer’s favorite haunts such as Dublin Castle and the Good Mixer pubs.

Marisa also had to lose significant pounds to convincingly illustrate Amy’s shrinking body due to alcohol, drugs and eating disorders.

However, Marisa and the film crew decided against using facial prosthetics, a decision based primarily on the actress’s own preferences.

“I didn’t want people to say, ‘You couldn’t tell the difference!'” Marisa said Vanity Fair.

“I asked myself, ‘Who are we kidding?’ It’s me, we know it’s not her.”

Meanwhile, Sara remarked to the magazine diversity, “We’re not trying to emulate Amy. We don’t try to copy them. We want to understand why it moves the way it does.”


A retelling of Amy’s life story would not be complete without mentioning her turbulent love affair with her ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil.


Together, the two became tabloid fodder, with Amy’s music fading into the background while the public consumed her private life, fed by the intrusive paparazzi.

Back to black highlights the turbulent relationship between Amy Winehouse and Blake Fielder-Civil.

Their intense bond, marked by passion and turmoil, drew comparisons in the media to other famous couples such as punk rocker Sid Vicious and groupie Nancy Spungen They portray their relationship as a volatile mix of love and destruction.

Blake is portrayed in the film Jack O’Connell, who had the opportunity to speak and spend time with Blake during the preparation of the project.

Back to Black, Jack O'Connell, Blake Fielder-Civil


Jack told it diversity, “When I met Blake, he resembled the guys I looked up to at the time, the characters I was attracted to and wanted to have a drink with and hang out with.”

He continued, “So I felt like I had something in common with him and understood what kind of guy he was. I wanted to approach it authentically and add a little more depth to the portrayal.”

Blake expressed concerns about how he is perceived in the Amy Winehouse story, lambasting people in the singer’s circle for blaming him instead of taking their part in Amy’s fate.

“But personally, I had to stop carrying this cross alone. “I carried this burden myself for over 10 years,” Blake recently complained Good morning Britain.

Marisa Abela, Amy Winehouse, Back to Black


“To be honest, I feel like I’m the only person in this story who’s ever taken responsibility and ever tried to say, ‘Yeah, I’ve made some big mistakes.'”

One of the film’s most memorable moments is Amy and Blake’s first meeting in a pub on a seemingly everyday day – a significant event in the narrative that sets the wheel of the plot in motion.


Back to black has the blessing of Amy’s family, who are managing the late singer’s estate following her untimely death.

This alone has skeptics rolling their eyes as they view the film as a means to – and as Amy’s ex-husband Blake has suggested – absolve the singer’s family and close associates of blame.

Read: Amy Winehouse will be buried tomorrow

It’s worth noting that Amy’s father, Mitch Winehouse, is blamed by some, just like Blake, for playing a role in the singer’s self-destruction.


The debate is that Mitch failed to adequately support her daughter during her battle with addiction and mental health issues.

This opinion has led to Mitch coming across as an opportunistic parent who is more concerned about his daughter’s wealth and career.

That’s what was said Mitch rejected the idea of ​​Amy entering a rehabilitation facility to combat her alcohol addiction.

This event is said to be immortalized in Amy’s hit song “Rehab”, in which she sings: “I don’t have time and if my father thinks I’m fine.

Marisa Abela, Amy Winehouse, Back to Black


Mitch refuted this assumption and said the story had been misinterpreted, which made him look bad in people’s eyes.

There is speculation about it Back to black was Mitch’s way of controlling the narrative and reaction to the critically acclaimed 2015 documentary. Amy.

Mitch was extremely vocal in his criticism Amyvehemently accused the film of misrepresentation and lamented its perceived lack of balance by portraying both himself and his daughter in an unfavorable light.

To be fair, Back to black does not absolve Mitch of his staunch refusal to send Amy to rehab or his seemingly indifferent attitude toward his daughter’s excessive lifestyle.

However, Back to black focuses primarily on the relationship between Amy and Blake, portraying the latter as a “bad influence” on the talented singer who ultimately contributed to her tragic downfall.

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Amy’s second album from 2006, Back to black, what also turned out to be her last, was a commercial and critical hit.


Amy’s breakup with her then ex-boyfriend and future husband Blake Fielder-Civil, who briefly left her to reconcile with an ex-girlfriend, inspired the songs in the album –“You Know I’m No Good,” “Love Is A Losing Game,” “Back to Black,” and “Rehab.”

Amy’s lyrics in the songs reflect the pain that comes with her troubled romance, making it a poignant and raw portrayal of love gone wrong.

This adds to the legend of the monumental album as one of the best breakup albums of all time – a list that includes: Rumors by Fleetwood Mac, Blood on the tracks by Bob Dylan, Blue by Joni Mitchell and Beck’s Tidal change.

The film offers a glimpse into this period and shows a heartbroken Amy working on the album in Miami and New York in the US and already showing signs of worsening addiction.

Marisa Abela, Amy Winehouse, Back to Black


Back to black is now showing exclusively at Ayala Malls cinemas.

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