Amy: The girl behind the name will be released on July 3rd in UK and US cinemas. The documentary film, which uses unseen archive footage to tell the tragic story in Winehouse’s own words, received rave reviews at Cannes film festival in May.
But not everyone is thrilled by the upcoming release, Amy’s father Mitch Winehouse is said to be furious with his portrayal, with a family spokesperson claiming Amy “is both misleading and contains some basic untruths.”
Amy was directed by Asif Kapadia, director of the 2010 Bafta-winning film Senna, and produced by James Gay-Rees. I went down to a press screening last week to see what all the controversy was about, and potential inaccuracies and furious parents aside, this is one emotional film.
Here are five things that will make you cry:
1. Her appearance
The film documents the change in Amy from a healthy-looking teenager playing around with friends to a drug-addict in her twenties. She looks like a completely different person from start to finish, and in this film the change is stark.
2. Her complete awe when she works with idol Tony Bennett
While singing a duet with jazz legend Tony Bennett, Amy is in complete awe. This is a side to Amy we don’t always see – and it is beautiful.
3. Her raw talent
Many people did not realise just how talented Amy was – she played the guitar, sang wonderfully and wrote her own music.
4. Her dependent relationships
The film shows the intense love Amy had for those around her including father, Mitch and her ex-husband Blake. But the love turns to dependence as she falls into bad patterns with drugs and eating problems.
5. Her hatred of fame
The saddest thing about this film is seeing how much she really did not want to be famous, she just wanted to be successful. She says at one point how she would kill herself if she was to become famous, because she wouldn’t be able to cope.
Have you seen the film? Let me know what you thought in the comments below.