Winehouse Film Has Something for Everyone (to Hate)

Her dad especially says Asif Kapadia film is 'horrible'
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 30, 2015 10:57 AM CDT
Winehouse Film Has Something for Everyone (to Hate)
In this Feb. 16, 2007, file photo, Amy Winehouse poses for photographs after being interviewed by the AP at a studio in north London.   (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

Asif Kapadia's documentary Amy, about late singer Amy Winehouse, is due out Friday, and there are already droves of people who may not be happy about it, reports the New York Times. Although the director "avoids definitive finger-pointing," the paper notes, among those who don't come off in the best light are Winehouse's ex-husband, Blake Fielder-Civil; her management team; and even all of us, the "gossip-mongering public," as the Times puts it. But it's Winehouse's dad, Mitch Winehouse, who saw a screening of the film in October, who thinks he got the worst rap. "It was horrible," he told the Guardian in May. "I told [the filmmakers] that they were a disgrace. I said, 'You should be ashamed of yourselves. You had the opportunity to make a wonderful film and you've made this.'"

Mitch Winehouse tells the paper others had approached his family about putting together a movie, but they all "sounded a bit trashy," as the Guardian notes. Only when Kapadia took the helm for this project did Mitch Winehouse agree to it, since he had seen another Kapadia film and liked it. But Kapadia, who pulled the movie together from 100-plus interviews, plus lots of home video and media clips, tells the Times anything other than full creative control would have been a deal-breaker for him. "The whitewashy-type film was never going to work," he told the paper in a phone call. "The very first conversation I had with everybody was: 'Look, we all know how this ended. There are no surprises here. It wasn't pretty, and we have to deal with that.'" (More Amy Winehouse stories.)

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