I went to see the Amy movie on a Thursday afternoon – 23rd July 2015 to be exact. And it was only upon arrival at the Nova cinema, in Melbourne’s well-heeled Carlton suburb, I spookily realised it was actually the anniversary of her death.
I know films are made for maximum dramatic impact, and of course, the Winehouse story is a terribly tragic tale of undiagnosed mental illness and squandered talent, but I spent most of the film in tears.
Perhaps the Australian winter blues had got to me (how SAD), I was missing America (I’d just returned to Aus from a three month summer road trip that took me through a dozen US states) or because most of my adult life was spent living in the Winehouse stomping ground of the London Borough of Camden that so many familiar haunts flashed up on screen I may never see again, but I found the whole film pretty upsetting, though obviously deeply moving.
Anyway, I feel privileged to have seen Amy live, albeit briefly, before the rot set in. In early January 2007, she was the musical guest on an episode of the Friday Night Project, though to be honest I was in attendance chiefly because the then occupant of the Tardis, David Tennant, Doctor Who No.10, was hosting. You Know That I’m No Good was issued as a single the following week, and it soon became one of my favourite Amy songs, though I think Back To Black, cooly covered by Bryan Ferry recently, is unquestionably her finest singular achievement.
I tweeted about the Amy movie as I came out the cinema and mentioned how her dad Mitch doesn’t come out of it too well (understatement alert). And within an hour he’d started following me. Hmm. I guess there’s no such thing as bad publicity, right? #amyfilm #27club
Originally published: Facebook, July 2015