Of all our Sundance predictions this item might be our Hail Mary prediction we find Back to Black. Cannes programmers would be keen on grabbing it for what would be a nice Out of Compeition slot and since lensing was closed out last April means that there’ll be the extra load of having a blazing soundtrack. Either way — both fests would be great launching pads for the film and actress Marisa Abela who takes on Amy Wineshouse and her beehive coiffe. For her fourth feature film, Sam Taylor-Johnson also nabbed Jack O’Connell, Eddie Marsan, Lesley Manville — O’Connell portrays Blake Fielder-Civil, Marsan and Manville play Amy’s father and grandmother, Mitch Winehouse and Cynthia Winehouse. Matt Greenhalgh wrote the screenplay.
Gist: The film will delve into the life and career of Winehouse, beginning with her early days in the early 2000’s as a North London jazz musician and culminating in her rise to fame as a Grammy-winning singer.
Production Co./Producers: Debra Hayward, Alison Owen.
U.S. Distributors: Focus Features.