Thankfully, the documentary AMY is available on Neflix. I definitely needed to take a second crack at it after it won the Oscar for Best Documentary. Especially, after Amy's father Mitch starting whining all over social media about how this was a "negative, spiteful and misleading portrayal" of his daughter.
What I recalled from watching the documentary (before I nodded off in the wee hours one morning) didn't quite match up with Mitch trying to act as a concerned parent.
My memory hadn't failed me. Amy was discussing her relationship with her parents. Her mother could never discipline her and her brother. "My dad was never there to be like 'Listen to your mother!' You know what I mean? That's what we needed ... Cuz he was working'" Mitch admits within moments of Amy's statement to having an eight or nine year affair with a co-worker and being too much of a coward to actually leave the matrimonial home. Obviously, her fathers working was more recreational than occupational.
Later on in the documentary one of Amy's besties recalls an event where they reached out to Mitch when they realized that she really needed help. Amy admitted to being lost and out of her depth. She agreed to go to rehab. After she meets the rehab guy she says "I'll go if my dad thinks I should go." Even today he insists that she didn't need to go to rehab.
Another moment that Mitch didn't live up to his roll of 'Dad' was after Amy had overdosed on cocaine, heroin, alcohol, and crack. Her friends once again asked her father Mitch Winehouse, to do something. His response was "What am I going to do? She's gotta go on tour."
By no means, are those the only incidents where Mitch Winehouse totally dropped the ball when it came to his daughter within the documentary AMY. All I can say, is that I am surprised that he didn't claim that this was a "negative, spiteful and misleading portrayal" of HIMSELF!.
Hi! My name is Cheryl. All of my work is inspired by my senses. Sometimes my sixth sense comes into play. At other times I'll inject a healthy dose of common sense.