Asif Kapadia speaks about success of Oscar-shortlisted film
Asif Kapadia, the director behind 2015’s Amy Winehouse documentary Amy, has spoken about how his film changed the public perception of the star.
Amy became the second biggest documentary ever at the UK box office, grossing £3.44 million, and has been shortlisted for Best Documentary Feature at this year’s Oscars.
Speaking in a recent interview, as recorded by Audioboom (listen below), Kapadia explained that the film’s success has largely been down to addressing misconceptions about Winehouse.
“Much of the latter part of her life became about the bad stuff and about when she wasn’t in a good way… We knew her songs but we didn’t know what they were about, how personal they were or how painful they were for her to create,” he said.
Kapadia continued: “I think we now have more knowledge about and respect for the girl. People liked her voice but didn’t necessarily respect her as a human being and now there’s a lot of love for her as a person, which is great.”
Listen to the interview below.
Despite the film’s success, Winehouse’s father Mitch has said that Amy does not show an entirely accurate portrayal of her personality. He said that Kapadia’s successful documentary did not show the “sense of fun” that he recognised in his daughter.
Mitch Winehouse is understood to be working on his own film about Amy in response to Kapadia’s movie.