This July will mark four years since the untimely death of “Back to Black” artist Amy Winehouse.  To commemorate her talent and success, A24 distribution company and director Asif Kapadia created a documentary that is expected to show clips and footage never before seen or heard by the public. The official teaser trailer for the film, “Amy,” has been released, and it will first premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in France later this month.



In the trailer, Winehouse’s voice is heard saying: “I wouldn’t write anything unless it was directly personal to me. I wouldn’t be able to tell the story right.” The authenticity of her story, like any other documentary, is now called to question especially by her father, Mitch Winehouse.


Upon seeing the film for the first time, Winehouse was less than satisfied and immediately took it up with the film-makers. “I told them that they were a disgrace. I said: ‘You should be ashamed of yourselves. You had the opportunity to make a wonderful film, and you’ve made this,'” he admitted in an interview with The Guardian.


An up-close photo of Amy Winehouse in black and white

Singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse passed away in 2011 after a battle with drug and alcohol abuse. (

He continued on to say that his role in the film is essentially that of a bad father who did not truly care for his daughter and neglected to admit that she had issues.

“It was 2005. Amy had fallen — she was drunk and banged her head. She came to my house, and her manager came round and said: ‘She’s got to go to rehab.’ But she wasn’t drinking every day. She was like a lot of kids, going out binge-drinking. And I said: ‘She doesn’t need to go to rehab.’ In the film, I’m relating the story, and what I said was: ‘She didn’t need to go to rehab at that time…They’ve edited me out saying ‘at that time.'”


Throughout the interview, Winehouse pointed out the most offensive clips and offered his perspective. Ultimately, his reluctance to support the film and its message is to protect the integrity of his family. However, he won’t condemn the film, as it does include clips and videos that Amy’s fans would adore.


Winehouse lost his daughter to alcohol poisoning on July 27, 2011. Two months later, the Winehouse family launched The Amy Winehouse Foundation, which is dedicated to helping educate and redirect troubled youths. The foundation’s offices offer young adults a place off the streets with meals and opportunities to pick up and start again. Mitch Winehouse said, “You’ve got kids coming up to us saying, “If it wasn’t for Amy, I’d be dead.’ Why isn’t that in the film? She’s in here, she comes to work every day. Look around, isn’t this a story?”


“Amy” is scheduled for British release in theaters on July 3. There is no word, yet, of an American release date.


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