Father of late singer Amy Winehouse says he plans to protest at British premiere of the film
Amy Winehouse’s father Mitch Winehouse has revealed that he ordered the new documentary about her life to be re-cut after protesting that it was misleading about aspects of the singer’s personal life.
The documentary, Amy, premieres at Cannes Film Festival this month and is due to be released in British cinemas on July 3. Winehouse’s family initially co-operated with the movie, but have distanced themselves from it after stating that director Asif Kapadia portrayed a misleading account of the singer’s life.
Mitch Winehouse said that he had a passage removed from the film which described how Amy spent Christmas alone. He explained that the singer spent the morning with her fiancé, film director Reg Traviss, before they were due to visit their respective mothers in the afternoon. Winehouse said: “Amy being Amy, she didn’t go to her mum. So my son Alex went over to her place so that she wasn’t on her own.” He told The Sun: “We created such a fuss over this that they took the scene out. It was not true and is extremely hurtful. That’s just one example of how biased and slanted we think this film is.”
Kapadia previously directed the 2010 documentary Senna, about late Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna, who was killed in a fatal crash at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.
Winehouse, whose daughter died of alcohol poisoning in 2011, said the film was so biased that “had it come out in its original form, I wouldn’t have been able to walk down the street.” He added that several of the singer’s friends walked out of interviews with Kapadia because his questions were biased.
The former taxi driver, who has released the jazz albums ‘Rush Of Love’ and ‘But Beautiful’, said he planned to protest at the British premiere of Amy. He said: “They probably won’t invite me. But if they do, they’ll be asking for trouble, as I’ll be doing my own press conference, telling everyone how disappointed I am.”
Winehouse established The Amy Winehouse Foundation following her death, which raises awareness among young people of substance abuse. He said: “All this good stuff is going on, but the film-makers felt it wasn’t necessary mention to it.”
In a statement, Amy production firm Altitude Films said: “When we were approached to make the film, we came on board with the full backing of the Winehouse family. As with Senna, we approached the project with total objectivity. During the production process, we conducted in the region of 100 interviews with people who knew Amy; friends, family, former partners and members of the music industry who worked with her. The story the film tells is a reflection of our findings from these interviews.”