‘Amy’ to be highest-grossing British documentary ever

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‘Amy’ is set to become the highest-grossing British documentary of all time

The Amy Winehouse film is on track to beat the record set by ‘Senna’ and become the highest-grossing British doc

he Asif Kapadia directed Amy is set to become the highest-grossing British documentary of all time, beating the total of the previous record holder Senna. Released to huge interest last month, the film has currently grossed £3.16m, with Senna taking-in £3.17m since 2010.

Altitude Film Distribution’s Head of Distribution, Hamish Moseley said: “Amy is an extraordinary film that we always felt had the potential to be an unusual success.”

When speaking previously to NME, Kapadia said: “People watching the film tend to feel a bit guilty. One reading of it is that we all got into this idea that we could bully this girl [Winehouse], or join in laughing at her, because she wouldn’t answer back and didn’t have anyone around her who seemed to care.”

Kapadia added: “We never stopped to think about what we were doing to her. This is a girl who had a mental illness, yet every comedian, every TV host, they all did it with such ease, without even thinking. We all got carried away with it.”

Despite its impressive figures, Amy has a way to go to become the highest-grossing documentary ever. That honour goes to Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004), which has grossed £6.5m since being released. Second place is much closer, though, with that currently held by Luc Jacquet’s March of the Penguins (2005), which is on £3.31m.

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