Focus Features’ Amy Winehouse biopic ‘Back to Black’ due out May 10 in U.S. theaters

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Actor Marisa Abela and director Sam Taylor-Johnson are seen on the set of the Amy Winehouse biopic “Back to Black.” [Focus Features photo]

Focus Features will release “Back to Black,” the anticipated biopic of the late Grammy winner Amy Winehouse, in U.S. theaters on May 10.

“Back to Black” is directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson from a script written by Matt Greenhalgh, following their successful collaboration on “Nowhere Boy” in 2009.

The film stars breakout actress Marisa Abela (“Industry”) in the coveted lead role of the British soul singer-songwriter.  Jack O’Connell (“Ferrari”), Eddie Marsan (“Fair Play”) and Lesley Manville (“Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris”) are co-starring.

Alison Owen and Debra Hayward of Monumental Pictures are producing.

Nicky Kentish-Barnes executive produces alongside Ron Halpern and Joe Naftalin on behalf of StudioCanal.

“Back to Black” is billed as a never-before-seen glimpse into Winehouse’s early rise to fame and the release of her groundbreaking studio album “Back to Black.” Told from the singer-songwriter’s perspective, the film is meant to be “an unapologetic look at the woman behind the phenomenon and the relationship that inspired one of the most legendary albums of all time.”

The film was made with the full support of Universal Music Group, Sony Music Publishing and The Amy Winehouse Estate, according to a news release.

Born Amy Jade Winehouse on Sept. 14, 1983, in London, Winehouse is considered one of the greatest recording artists in recent history, selling more than 30 million records worldwide and today generating more than 80 million streams per month. Her acclaimed 2006 sophomore album “Back To Black” propelled her to global stardom, going on to win what was then a record-breaking five Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year for the autobiographical hit single “Rehab.”

Winehouse died July 23, 2011, of alcohol poisoning at the age of 27.

StudioCanal has announced the “Back to Black” release dates for several international territories, including the UK on April 12, Poland on April 12, Germany on April 18, Netherlands on April 18, France on April 24, and New Zealand on April 25.

Universal Pictures International will handle distribution in the rest of the world.

-BAM

 

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