All about Amy...and her father
The majority of the film, meant to focus on the now-deceased singer, is about her father, Mitch Winehouse.
The only impressive thing about "My Daughter Amy," the film about the British Grammy-winning singer Amy Winehouse, who died on Saturday, at age 27, are the photos of her infancy and childhood. The film, first shown on Britain's Channel 4 about a year ago is airing tonight and over the weekend on local Channel 8.
There is a frame of a baby carriage holding a baby with beautiful, flashing eyes, and in the corner of the frame is an odd date, 1992. It was surely a mistake recorded by the video camera of Mitch Winehouse, the singer's father. This detail is just one that adds to the overall false and forced feel of the film.
Toward the end, Mitch Winehouse also questions his actions: "I'm starting to question my motives," he says after he arrives with a crew to film his daughter, who is in rehab on the island of Santa Lucia. The camera's presence clearly irks Amy who avoids it. Here she doesn't look like an international rock start, but like a child, wearing shorts, with a bob haircut, with no wig or makeup. They're always trying to keep the paparazzi away from her, and I show up with my film crew, he notes regretfully.
The film starts with him reading false articles about his daughter's death in the tabloid papers, The Sun, The Daily Mirror and (the now defunct ) News of the World. Amy is not the only one whose life changed, says the father of the singer whose drug addiction grew worse as her glamorous career progressed. My life also changed, he says, noting that for two years he has not been able to drive his taxi.
The rest of the film also focuses on him. He relates that his parents were Russian Jews who came to London in 1890. He and Winehouse's mother divorced when Amy was 10, but cooperate in handling Amy's business dealings and problems. They are seen together in the film. The mother tells the father that they should move away from the sense of guilt. The psychologist that Mitch sees tells him similar things. In a support group for parents of kids with addictions, he is seen crying. Later in the film, he tries to record an album of his songs at a studio. The medium he consults assures him that Amy is heading "in the right direction." Like every parent, he wonders if he could have done things differently. Given the sad end of the story, one's heart really goes out to him - but not to this film which is all about him.
"My Daughter Amy" Channel 8, 23:00
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