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“Back to Black”: understand the controversy surrounding Amy Winehouse’s biopic

“Back to Black” the biopic of Amy Winehouse arrived in Brazilian cinemas this Thursday (16). On social media, fans of the singer are concerned about the production made by Mitch Winehouse the singer's father, who was criticized in other film productions about the artist.

In addition to approving the film's script, Amy's father was responsible for choosing the actress who would play the singer in the film, in this case, actress Marisa Abuela. However, he is portrayed differently in some of the documentaries made about the star's life.

According to a Buzzfeed article, Mitch was heavily criticized for the way he followed his daughter's career, and was often called by some an “opportunist who allowed his daughter to self-destruct” after the release of the 2015 documentary. by Asif Kapadia, “Amy”.

On that occasion, Mitch granted a interview with The Guardian and mentioned about the production: “They are trying to portray me in the worst possible light”. The year following its release, the film was awarded an Oscar statuette in the Best Documentary Category and the singer's father did not hide his anger at the award given to the director.

On X, the old Twitter, he wrote: “Always proud of my baby. Amy will not receive an Oscar. Just Asif Kapadia. That's what it's all about… Asif. He fooled everyone.”

“I’m not going to change my stance just because the film won the Oscar. It is a negative, spiteful, and deceitful portrayal of Amy. We’re going to fix this,” she mentioned afterwards.

In “Reclaiming Amy”, another documentary that was made 10 years after the singer’s death, also portrayed the artist’s relationship with her father. There, again, Mitch was shown in an unbrotherly light.

One of Mitch Winehouse's last actions came to light in 2023, when he sued two of the singer's friends for profiting from the sale of Amy's personal property at auction, according to court documents obtained by DailyMail.

Administrator of Amy Winehouse's estate, the singer's father alleged that Naomi Parry and Catriona Gourlay sent “several items of Amy's personal property during her lifetime” to two auctions, in 2021 and 2023. By directing the profit obtained from the sale of the assets for themselves, the two women “converted” Amy’s assets for “their own use”.

Although there are several documentaries about Amy, this will be the first biopic about her life. Owner of the hits “Valerie” and “Rehab”, the artist died in 2011, aged 27, due to alcohol poisoning.

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Source: CNN Brasil

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