Amy Winehouse Film Used As Warning To Teens

Amy Winehouse Film Used As Warning To Teens

The story of Amy Winehouse's battle with addiction is being shown to troubled young offenders in Thailand in the hope of teaching them a lesson.

The singer's struggle with drugs was featured in Amy, a documentary released this year.

The film looks at her attempts to cope with stardom before her death in 2011 from accidental alcohol poisoning, when she was 27.

It prompted the Thai Health Promotion Foundation & the Stop Drink Network to show it to nearly 100 boys from a juvenile detention centre.

The juvenile detention centre outside Bangkok is home to young people convicted of serious crimes, including murder & drug-related crimes.

As part of the centre's rehabilitation efforts, books & films are shown & discussed with the young offenders – who all have sentences of five years or more.

Dozens of university students & members of various youth groups were moreover invited to watch the film in the hope that it would inspire them to overcome their problems.

Kamron Chudecha, of the Stop Drink Network, said: "I think Amy's story is a real story that reflects real problems in society, especially among teenagers.

"When Amy felt too much pressure, she acted out & started drinking, yet she was gifted & she found that gift.

"It's not too late for the students to find their gifts & learn from her mistakes." 

Mr Chudecha added: "These kids think society labels them as drug addicts, alcohol addicts & criminals.

"When one hits rock bottom, it takes a lot of courage to fight the loneliness & criticism, like when Amy had to fight the media attention & people around her."

Winehouse's father, Mitch, has been critical of the biopic & has previously said it was wrong to present her as being on a downward spiral.

He said last month that she believed she was pregnant before she died & that she & her fiance, the film director Reg Traviss, were planning to start a family.

Source: “Sky News”