Scoring strong reviews at various film festivals so far, Asif Kapadia’s Amy Winehouse documentary “Amy” avoids the usual format of docos. There’s no narrator and no talking head interviews, instead we see an incredible collection of home video combined with a well-edited but nearly invisible structure.
It’s a warts-and-all approach, portraying both Winehouse’s artistry and addiction problems with equal measure. In taking that approach though, it paints a not so rosy picture of two key men in her life – her father Mitch Winehouse and her on again/off again boyfriend Blake Fielder-Civil.
Speaking with The Sun, Mitch Winehouse is understandably not happy about his portrayal or the doco in general. Along with claims of specific editing that paints him in a bad light, Mr. Winehouse says:
“I felt sick when I watched it for the first time. Amy would be furious. This is not what she would have wanted… They are trying to portray me in the worst possible light.
Blake is saying in the film that the reason Amy was like that was because of me – not because he gave her crack and heroin and because he completely manipulated and coerced her into Class A drugs.
If the real truth came out about Blake, he wouldn’t be able to walk down the street so how they can allow him to make that claim about me is so hurtful and beyond belief.
Despite his grievances though, Mitch still urges people to see the film: “There is film of Amy that is fabulous. You should see it. Make up your own minds about the rest of the film.” “Amy” is now playing in cinemas.