Sunday 11 December 2016

'Are you going to let me speak?' - Mitch Winehouse loses his cool with Maura Derrane on Today show

Published 02/03/2016 | 10:51

Mitch Winehouse talks to Maura and Daithi on Today via Skype
Mitch Winehouse talks to Maura and Daithi on Today via Skype

Mitch Winehouse appeared on Tuesday's Today show on RTE One to talk about the Oscar win for 'Amy', the documentary about his daughter.

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Unfortunately, Mitch appeared to be in no humour for some of the questions posed to him by presenter Maura Derrane during the interview, which was also conducted by co-host Daithi O'Se.

Maura started by asking Mitch what he didn't like about the way he is portrayed in the film and he asked her if she and Daithi had seen the film.

When they admitted they had only seen "extracts", Mitch said, "Well it's difficult for me to explain...".

However, he did say he was unhappy with how the last three years of Amy's life was portrayed in the documentary which was directed by Asif Kapadia.

"It basically portrays the last three years of Amy's life as being lonely and sad and she wasn't working at all and nothing could be further from the truth," he said.

Amy Winehouse, pictured with her dad Mitch, fell into a spiral of drink and drugs that would kill the talented singer
Amy Winehouse, pictured with her dad Mitch, fell into a spiral of drink and drugs that would kill the talented singer

He added, "Although the last three years of Amy's life, parts of it were difficult, parts of it were wonderful as well. 

"The last 6 weeks of Amy's life she didn't drink, she drank the last 2 days of her life.  She was moving towards sobriety.  The film doesn't show that she was clear of drugs for three years."

Daithi pointed out that Mitch had initially been happy for Kapadia to direct the documentary as he had directed the brilliant doc Senna about the life of Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna.

"We took our eye off the ball," said Mitch.

Maura then asked, "Why did you decide to get involved in the documentary and give all this intimate footage, why did you go ahead and make the documentary if you were worried?"

Mitch replied, "I've just explained - we were told we were in safe hands with the Senna people, that's why we did it."

"But why did you do it at all?" asked Maura.

Unfortunately, the delay in the Skype interview wasn't conducive to quick-fire questioning and resulted in Mitch losing his patience.

"Are you going to let me speak? You keep talking across me," he said.

"The film you say we gave to them, we didn't give that to them, that's on public record all that stuff, all what you call 'intimate film', is on public record.  It's on the internet."

Mitch revealed that he's currently working on a project which will culminate in a film which he believes will tell the real story of the last 3 years of Amy's life.

"A Letter to Amy" will feature contributions from her "nearest and dearest loved ones" who were, alleges Mitch, excluded from the Amy documentary because their opinions did not tally with Kapadia's.

Mitch signed off the interview with, "Watch the film".

You can watch the full interview on RTE Player HERE.

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