The film's editor Chris King also spoke ahead of the event
Thousands of people headed to Glastonbury’s William’s Green stage on Thursday (June 25) to watch the UK premiere of Amy Winehouse biopic ‘Amy: The Girl Behind The Name’.
The screening found hundreds of people left outside the tent as editor Chris King spoke to the assembled crowd ahead of the event. Talking about the making of the film, King said: “It took a long time for her close friends to trust people who were any part of the media, but her closest friends slowly began to offer small bits of information that became the backbone of the film.”
He continued: “We saw an Amy that no-one knew: funny, witty, foul-mouthed and charming. For the people putting it together, it was an overwhelming experience.
Director Asif Kapadia was unable to attend the screening, but sent over a short piece of video footage hoping that everyone would appreciate the film.
The screening itself saw a completely packed tent stay throughout, with footage documenting Winehouse’s turbulent career and sad demise in candid fashion.
Following the film’s end, the entire tent applauded, while fans in attendance were universally positive about the portrayal of the troubled star.
“I thought they portrayed her as far more human than I previously thought, and not that I was unaware, but it opened my eyes to how heartless the tabloids can be,” said Nathaniel Kershaw, from Manchester. “It made me appreciate what a complete and utter genius she was. Before I thought she may have been a bit of an attention seeker, but now I don’t think she was at all.”
“There’s only a certain amount you can do to help someone, but you have to help yourself. I thought there should have been a statement to give her more privacy,” said Zina Alpha, from London. “She was so heavily in love with Blake and that was the reason she ended up how she was.”
Speaking about King’s talk, Duncan Geddes, from Winchester said: “The talk at the start from the editor said that you would see what’s going on in her head, but after two hours it’s proof that you never can. Thousands of hours of footage and hundreds of interviews and the only moment I really thought I could see what’s going on in her head was when she was at the Grammys and her eyes said everything. It was like the moment the music came back to her.”
Meanwhile, Lucy Robertson from Gloucestershire praised the uncompromising slant of the film – “They went straight into the harder things and there was no holding back; when drugs are being discussed, you can’t hide things” – and Ellie Hubert from Reading said: “It seemed like there was always someone trying to make her do all these things and there was obviously so much pressure on her; that shone through a lot.”
‘Amy: The Girl Behind The Name’ opens in UK cinemas on July 3.
Fans can now get tickets for special nationwide preview screenings of AMY on Tuesday June 30, followed by a Q&A and exclusive footage – live via satellite from the London Premiere.
Find a screening near you and book tickets now.