Mitch Winehouse, the father of the late British singer Amy Winehouse, declined to attend the London premiere of “Amy, ” the documentary movie about her life.
The elder Winehouse hates the portrayal of his daughter in the film and wants it reedited. He and Amy’s former fiance Reg Traviss, are planning their own documentary about her. A source told The Mirror, “Mitch and Reg are talking about doing something to correct all the wrongs and omissions in the new film. Their own take on Amy’s life is being discussed.”
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Mitch Winehouse told the Guardian, “I told them that they were a disgrace, ” he said, recalling a confrontation with the film-makers. “I said: ‘You should be ashamed of yourselves. You had the opportunity to make a wonderful film and you’ve made this.’”
In response to the demands for changes, the film’s producer James Gay-Rees said at the London screening, “Mitch can make his own version, but we’re not going to re-edit this movie.”
In a statement released to People Magazine back in April, the Winehouse family complained that the film’s director Asif Kapadia portrays them in a poor light. They were specifically annoyed with the movie’s assertion that they somehow abandoned Amy in her hour of need.
“It is both misleading and contains some basic untruths, ” read the Winehouse family’s statement.
“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.”