Amy Winehouse documentary shown as anti-drug film at Thailand juvenile prison

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'Amy' was released in UK cinemas during July and comes out on DVD in November

Amy Winehouse documentary film Amy is being used in a Thailand prison for anti-drug abuse purposes.

The film was directed by Bafta winner Asif Kapadia and released in UK cinemas during July. It shows the late singer’s rise to stardom, struggles with fame and her eventual death from alcohol poisoning in 2011.

As The Guardian reports, a juvenile detention centre near Bangkok is using the movie in an attempt to steer young offenders away from a life of addiction.

“I think Amy’s story is a real story that reflects real problems in the society, especially among teenagers,” Kamron Chudecha of the Stop Drink Network told Associated Press.

“When Amy felt too much pressured, she acted out and started drinking, but she was gifted and she found that gift. It’s not too late for the students to find their gifts and learn from her mistakes … Amy lost the battle, but these kids still have a chance.”

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Amy recently became the second biggest documentary ever at the UK box office, grossing £3.44 million.

The film previously surpassed the award-winning Senna (£.3.17 million) before overtaking March Of The Penguins (£3.3 million). Michael Moore’s 2004 film Fahrenheit 9/11 still leads the way though, having grossed £6.5m.

The Amy Winehouse Foundation recently announced details of a new album featuring musicians that have benefited from their Amy’s Yard programme, which was set up two years ago.

The Amy Winehouse Foundation was launched in September 2011 following the death of the singer. The 10-track release, released in conjunction with Island Records, marks the four-year anniversary of the Amy Winehouse Foundation.
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