Amy Winehouse’s mother, Janice, tells her daughter’s story in a new BBC documentary to mark the tenth anniversary of the singer’s death.
The BBC said that a large part of Janice Winehouse’s motivation to participate in the film is that MS “threatens to strip her of her memories of Amy.”
Janice was diagnosed with MS in 2003 and memory problems are common.
“I don’t feel the world knows the real Amy, the one who raised her,” Janice said.
“I look forward to the opportunity to provide an understanding of her roots and get a deeper look at the real Amy,” she added.
The singer, who founded her album Back to the Lions in 2006, passed away her status as one of the greatest talents of her generation, due to alcohol intoxication at the age of 27 in July 2011.
The BBC said her story will be told in the new documentary “primarily through her mother,” whose “version of events is often different from the one we were told before.”
According to the announcement, Janice will join family and friends, and the film will provide “a new female interpretation of her life, love and legacy.”
In her 2014 book, For Amy Love: A Mother’s Story, Janice writes that the gradual “loss of acuity” of memory was part of MS. “I feel anxious about the day Amy stops living in my head and heart. I don’t want that day to come at all,” she wrote.
Janice was suffering from MS symptoms for more than 20 years before the disease was officially diagnosed. She became an ambassador for the Multiple Sclerosis Society in 2019.
“I think it’s a beautiful and wonderful thing her mother does for her,” Juliet Ashby, a childhood friend, told the BBC on Wednesday.
Ashby remembered Amy as “a force to be reckoned with” and “a singular person,” adding, “Really, there is no one like her. There will never be anyone like her.”
The documentary, with the action title Amy Winehouse: 10 years later, is not the first film produced about the singer.
The 2015 film “Emmy”, by Asif Kapadia, won an Oscar for Best Documentary, although singer Mitch’s father complained that it was out of balance and “tainted”.
The anniversary will also be celebrated with the release of a three-CD compilation of Winehouse’s BBC performance.
There will be other specials, including a documentary on BBC Radio 2 about her impact on younger female singers and songwriters, and a documentary on Radio 1 to introduce her to a new generation of listeners.