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British director Asif Kapadia arrives for the premiere of the film Amy in London. (JACK TAYLOR/AFP/Getty Images)
British director Asif Kapadia arrives for the premiere of the film Amy in London. (JACK TAYLOR/AFP/Getty Images)
British director Asif Kapadia arrives to the premiere of his film Amy in London. (JACK TAYLOR/AFP/Getty Images)

As Amy, the British documentary on singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse, who died from accidental alcohol poisoning in 2011, goes into wide release its U.K. director Asif Kapadia is welcoming to reviews. Last weekend his film enjoyed the best opening ever for a homegrown documentary at the British box office and critics, on both sides of the Atlantic, have been impressed by Kapadia’s dynamic, human and multi-dimensional portrait of Winehouse.

He says: “The film’s aim was to show you who she was, to give you an essence of who the girl really was, and she was great. People had a negative opinion of her in the U.S. They used to sum her up in one word: she was a ‘train wreck.’ She was a lot more than that; she’s really funny, really intelligent, really witty. I think the main point in my film was to get that across.”

But as has been widely reported Mitch Winehouse, Amy’s father, is not happy with the documentary which he claims is unbalanced. He has reportedly decided he will now make his own film to set the record straight.

I asked Kapadia if he thought a documentary from her father might get closer to the truth than his film does.

He said: “There’s no denying that this film Amy has been directed by me so what you’ve got is our version of the story. So I’m sure if her father or somebody else makes another film, they may look at it in a different way and I think that’s fine.”

You can watch the full interview in the below video:

Amy hit U.S. theaters on July 3, 2015.

Have you had a chance to go see Amy? What did you think?

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Filed Under: Amy, Amy Winehouse, Asif Kapadia
By Tom Brook