Russell says he finally conquered his addiction at the age of 27, the same age Amy was when she passed away.He says he'd known Amy for a long time before he had ever heard her sing ...
He thinks that we need to start regarding addiction in all its forms as a health issue as opposed to the judicial and criminal issue.
But it was later, after Winehouse rose to fame, did Brand see her perform live and he realized her immense talent.
"She wasn't just some hapless wannabe, yet another pissed up nit who was never gonna make it, nor was she even a ten-a-penny-chanteuse enjoying her fifteen minutes," he writes.
Amy's death was a paradoxical, unsurprising shock, and Russell felt like he could have done something to help.
That's why he made this film, to have a sympathetic look at alcoholism and addiction, a condition that the World Health Organization regards as a disorder.