Asif Kapadia has broken his record with his ecstatically-reviewed Amy becoming the biggest grossing British docu of all time. The film, which charts the tragically short life of singer Amy Winehouse, has grossed $4.9 million, surpassing Kapadia’s previous film Senna, about the similarly tragic short life of Formula 1 world champion driver Ayrton Senna.
Amy marks a big win for Brit film exec Will Clarke, whose Altitude distributed the film in the UK. “Amy is an extraordinary film that we always felt had the potential to be an unusual success and so we are delighted to have surpassed the box office total of Senna to become the third biggest documentary of all time here in the UK,” said Altitude’s head of distribution Hamish Moseley.
Amy still has to overtake March of the Penguins ($5.1 million) and Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 ($10 million) to become the top grossing documentary of all time in the UK.
Kapadia spent much of 2015 on set in Azerbaijan filming the epic love story Ali & Nino, starring Adam Bakri and Maria Valverde, in the big-screen adaptation of Kurban Said’s best-selling Azerbaijan-set novel about two star-crossed lovers. Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liaisons) has written the script, with IM Global handling sales. Archery Pictures’ Kris Thykier produced the picture, which is currently in post-production.