Back to Black

After months of waiting, we’ve at last got our first look at Back to Black, the upcoming biopic about the life of much-loved soul singer Amy Winehouse, with Industry star Marisa Abela in the lead role.

Directed by Submarine and Fifty Shades of Grey’s Sam Taylor-Johnson, the film explores the late songwriter’s journey from her early days performing in the London jazz scene, to her chart success, critical acclaim and awards for the Back to Black album.

What is Back to Black about?

Back to Black joins several high-profile biopics set to release soon, having been in the works for a while, and we got the first big news about it last year when Abela, who rose to fame with her role as Yasmin in the business drama Industry, was announced to be playing Amy Winehouse. Speaking to The Guardian in January this year, the actress highlighted how she began training for months for the role, learning both to sing like and imitate the singer’s iconic voice. 

The trailer begins with Amy narrating “I don’t write songs to be famous, I write songs ‘cause I don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t”, before a montage plays of the singer preparing her iconic beehive hairstyle and debuting at The Dublin Castle in Camden.

Back to Black

We also see her make eye contact with Blake Fielder-Civil (SAS: Rogue HeroesJack O’Connell), her future husband and there’s a glimpse at what looks to be some closely recreated versions of some of Winehouse’s iconic performances.

The biopic will also tackle the controversial subject of how the late singer was treated by the media in the last years of her life, represented in the trailer by several shots of her running from paparazzi and clearly being tearfully overwhelmed by the attention, as it closes with the narration of “I wanna be remembered… for just being me.”

Who else stars and when is it released?

Elsewhere in the cast, Eddie Marsan (The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe) will be playing Amy’s father, Mitch Winehouse, seen in the trailer standing up and applauding her name being called out at what looks like an awards ceremony, alongside Juliet Cowan (The Power) as Amy’s mother. Lesley Manville (The Crown) also appears as Cynthia, Amy’s grandmother, who’s the one helping Amy with her hair in the trailer.

The singer’s much-publicised life and tragic death in 2011 mean Back to Black is already a big talking point after its London premiere, but we’re certainly intrigued to see what Abela does with the role and if the film can capture an inimitable stage presence. The first reviews for Back to Black are already out but you won’t have long to wait to watch it yourself as the film makes its way to cinemas in the UK on 12th April. You can watch the full trailer below:


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