With the documentary "Amy" doing big business at the box officer, the late Amy Winehouse's father Mitch has reiterated his vow to produce a "rebuttal" to Asif Kapadia's critically acclaimed film. Mitch Winehouse has been critical of "Amy" and feels he was particularly shown in the worst light, pushing his daughter's career without regard for her health. In an appearance on the British TV talk show "Loose Women," he said that, "I'm telling you now, we're making an alternative film, and we're gonna invite everybody who has spoken on the other film. We're not gonna edit it the way they've edited me."
Winehouse repeated his claim that he was "misrepresented" in Amy; "I say that Amy didn't need to go to rehab, right? What I actually said, referring to 2005, (is) Amy didn't need to go to rehab at that point. Later on was a different story altogether, which gives a totally, completely different meaning to what I said...My grandson, who is nine months old, is gonna look at this, and he's gonna say, 'Grandad, what were you doing?' If I went to see this film and I didn't know what was happening, I'd also have a dim view of me. That's my point. It's not true."
Mitch Winehouse is also shown bringing a reality show film crew along while visiting his daughter on a tropical vacation and berating her for a comment she makes to some fans asking for a photo with her. He plans to collaborate on the new film with Reg Traviss, who was Amy's boyfriend at the time of her death in 2011, who was interviewed by Kapadia but not included in "Amy."
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.