Amy Winehouse biopic returns to Black Faces criticism

Amy Winehouse biopic returns to Black Faces criticism

Now, let’s cover a few things about this movie from the very beginning. It is being directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, who also directed nowhere boy Y 50 shades of gray. According to Variety, she was a “close friend” of Amy’s.

This isn’t the first time there’s been talk of a biopic of Amy’s life, but it’s going ahead with the approval of Mitch Winehouse, Amy’s father. As Esquire points out, Mitch owns half of Amy’s assets and would have had to approve the use of her music. Based on his latest Instagram post of Eddy Marsan playing him, he appears to be a fan.

However, Mitch has faced much criticism for his own role in Amy’s life, being dubbed by some an “opportunist who enabled his daughter’s self-destruction” after the release of the Asif Kapadia documentary in 2015. Amy. Another documentary, with the participation of Mitch, called Getting Amy Back it was released in 2021 for the 10th anniversary of his death.

However, online criticism of the project intensified after more images from the set were released.

The scene appears to show Jack as Blake being arrested.

In turn, the images show Marisa as Amy crying, screaming and even being stopped by the police while the paparazzi take photos.

Now, Blake was reportedly arrested in front of Amy in 2007 for his part in assaulting a bar owner and then trying to cover up the crime with a bribe. According to the British tabloid Mirror at the time, this happened in his apartment. It seems there was no emotional outburst on the street in front of the paparazzi, or an incident where a police officer pulled her over. Amy was reportedly extremely distraught over the incident, the details of which I will not repeat here.

When the set images surfaced, viral tweets criticized the project:

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This is one part of a growing discussion about the depiction of real-life trauma on screen by deceased female celebrities. Last year, this included the Marilyn Monroe movie. Blondwhich faced numerous criticisms, including for filming a death scene where the real-life Marilyn actually died.

Given the already well-documented amount of trauma and exploitation that Amy faced, one can only hope that Amy’s spectacular talent and legacy will be honored.

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