After months of build-up, emotional trailer releases and news stories, Asif Kapadia's Amy finally came out to five star reviews, with fans of the deceased singer Amy Winehouse satisfied that a truth had been told. But not everybody was content with the film.
Amy’s father Mitch branded the heartbreaking biopic about his daughter’s life “misleading”, saying it contained “basic untruths”. An official statement from the Winehouse family in April claimed that, "By misunderstanding addiction and its treatment, the film suggests, for instance, that not enough was done for Amy, that her family and management pushed her into performing or did not do enough to help her."
Only Amy would know her own reality, but the film, which explored the singer’s spiral into alcohol and drug addiction, does not exactly paint her father in a very positive light.
Mitch Winehouse wants to tell his own story. To that end, he’s confirmed that he’ll be starting on an alternative biopic about his daughter, in collaboration with her former fiancé Reg Traviss.
Winehouse told Bang Showbiz that work will begin soon: “We hope to start work fairly shortly on it. But it’s going to be more than just a film,” he says, explaining that, “All of the people who weren’t in the film are hopping mad. They want their voices to be heard. We don't want to be like Asif, we’ll let people say what they want, but we don’t want it to be negative.
“We meet at least every month, Amy’s dearest friends, Reg and me, and we sit there, and the stories that we tell are brilliant,” he explains, adding, “People don't realize everybody’s got 100 stories about Amy, and that’s the kind of thing that we’re going to try and do”.
With Mitch’s involvement, key family members are looking to be portrayed differently than in Amy, a documentary that depicted a troubled star let down by some of those closest to her.