Amy Winehouse documentary in the works from "Senna" director

12:40 PM, Apr 25, 2013   |    comments
British singer Amy Winehouse poses for photographs after being interviewed by The Associated Press at a studio in north London on Feb. 16, 2007. (AP Photo, Matt Dunham)
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(CBS NEWS) A documentary about late soul singer Amy Winehouse is being made by the director of the award-winning film "Senna."

Focus Features International says the movie will feature unseen archive footage to tell the story of the art and life of the musician, who died at age 27 in London in 2011 from accidental alcohol poisoning.

The Winehouse family said in a statement Thursday that it had been approached with many documentary proposals, but "Senna" director Asif Kapadia and producer James Gay-Rees presented a vision that would "look at Amy's story sensitively, honestly and without sensationalizing her."

"Amy was a once-in-a-generation talent," the director and producer said in a statement, according to Entertainment Weekly. "She wrote and sung from the heart and everyone fell under her spell. But tragically Amy seemed to fall apart under the relentless media attention, her troubled relationships, her global success and precarious lifestyle."

"Senna," the acclaimed 2010 film, focused on the life of Brazilian F1 driver Ayrton Senna. The champion racer was killed in an accident in 1994.

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