Amy Winehouse's Dad Mitch Slams 'Untruths' In 'Misleading' Documentary
April 27, 2015
Amy Winehouse’s dad Mitch has slammed the forthcoming documentary about his daughter, calling it ‘misleading’ while also withdrawing the family’s support.
The film, called 'Amy’, is being directed by Asif Kapadia, who helmed the award-winning 'Senna’.
But after initially supporting the film, Mitch Winehouse has said that it contains 'basic untruths’.
He is also threatening to take legal action against the filmmakers for portraying him as an absent father after seeing the first cut of the documentary.
Speaking to The Sun, he said: “I felt sick when I watched it for the first time. Amy would be furious. This is not what she would have wanted.
“I am painted as being an absent father during her last years. It gives the impression the family weren’t there.
“They had a pretty good idea of the film they wanted to make from the off and weren’t going to let anything, like the truth or Amy’s friends, get in the way.”
Mitch Winehouse is also angry that a claim by Amy’s ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil, who had previously admitted introducing her to drugs, which blamed Mitch for her descent remains in the film.
“How they can allow him to make that claim about me is so hurtful and beyond belief,” he said.
They accuse Kapadia of using testament from people who didn’t know Amy during the last years of her life, and also say the film does not showing 'counter views’ of some others.
The film is due for release on July 3, with its premiere planned for the Cannes Film Festival.
The full statement from the family reads: “The Winehouse family would like to disassociate themselves from the forthcoming film about their much missed and beloved Amy.
“They feel that the film is a missed opportunity to celebrate her life and talent and that it is both misleading and contains some basic untruths.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.
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