Winehouse family criticises “Amy” for false information
The documentary film “Amy”, which is based on the life of late jazz and blues songstress Amy Winehouse, did not receive supports or favours from the Winehouse family.
The family has criticised that the information portrayed in the documentary is “misleading” and contains “untruths”, Rolling Stone reports.
“Amy”, which is scheduled to debut at Cannes Film Festival in May, initially received backing support from the Winehouse family. But now, the family wishes to “disassociate themselves from the forthcoming film.”
This is because the family feels that the movie has depicted them as someone who did not provide Amy enough support when she needed them.
According to a statement released by the Winehouse family, which Rolling Stone has obtained:
There are specific allegations made against family and management that are unfounded and unbalanced. The narrative is formed by the testimony of a narrow sample of Amy’s associates, many of whom had nothing to do with her in the last years of her life. Counter views expressed to the filmmakers did not make the final cut.
By misunderstanding the condition 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.
A spokesperson from the documentary commented:
We came on board with the full backing of the Winehouse family, and we approached the project with total objectivity. We conducted in the region of 100 interviews with people that knew Amy. The story that the film tells is a reflection of our findings from these interviews.
Amy’s father Mitch Winehouse is disappointed and angry at the director Asif Kapadia and the film itself. He commented, “I felt sick when I watched it for the first time. Amy would be furious. This is not what she would have wanted.”
Amy and her father, Mitch.
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He also claimed that the film downplayed the crucial role that Winehouse’s husband Blake Fielder-Civil played in her life.
Amy Winehouse and ex-husband Blake Fielder.
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“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,” said Mitch. “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.”
Even though the whole Winehouse family disapproves the film, they admit that they can’t stop the film from being released in cinemas.
However, Mitch also said that, “We can’t stop it, but when the film does come out, we can sue for libel or slander. Our lawyers will view the film and reserve the right to do that and see whether there are any grounds.”
Read the full statement by the Winehouse family here.