From unwilling celebrity to authored icon: reading Amy (Kapadia, 2015)

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    Abstract

    Asif Kapadia’s cinematic biography, Amy (2015) is a critically and commercially successful documentary feature that portrays the life and untimely death of celebrated singer Amy Winehouse. The film emphasises Winehouse’s ambivalent relationship with fame, while tracing the damaging effects that unwanted celebrity had on her physical and mental health. In this forum article, I assess the merits and problems with the film as a biography/obituary. I focus particularly in its representation of a disorderly female celebrity (Holmes and Negra 2011) and in its disavowal of the authored construction of its subject through a tonal register and stylistic structure that implies intimacy and authenticity.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)351-354
    JournalCelebrity Studies
    Volume8
    Issue number2
    Early online date19 May 2017
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 19 May 2017

    Keywords

    • female celebrity
    • biography
    • obituary
    • disordered celebrity

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