Nick Cave and Warren Ellis are set to bring their talents to the much-anticipated Amy Winehouse biopic, Back To Black. The film’s director, Sam Taylor-Johnson, couldn’t envision anyone else for the task, sharing her admiration for their work and how it aligns perfectly with the film’s narrative.
Taylor-Johnson expressed her long-standing desire to collaborate with the duo, emphasising their profound contribution to the film’s emotional depth through their music. The process has already begun, with Cave and Ellis diving into the scoring phase this week, marking a significant step in bringing Winehouse’s story to the big screen. Their efforts include 20 to 30 minutes of original music, promising a score that deeply resonates with Winehouse’s life and legacy.
Back To Black recounts Winehouse’s tumultuous journey whilst celebrating her extraordinary musical abilities, with the biopic having full access to her iconic tracks like ‘Valerie’ and ‘Rehab’. Set for release in the UK on April 12, 2024, and a day earlier in Australia, the film stars Marisa Abela as Winehouse, depicting her vibrant life in London and her meteoric rise to fame.
Despite some concerns over the film’s portrayal of Winehouse’s legacy, close friend and collaborator Mark Ronson has shared his optimistic view after reading the script. He highlighted the film’s capture of Winehouse’s sharp wit and humour, aspects of her personality he deeply admired.