Filmmaker Asif Kapadia, who helmed Senna (2010) - the highest grossing British documentary of all time and the winner of a BAFTA award -- is back. Although Asif was named the King of Cannes this year, and his documentary Amy, on the life of late British singer Amy Winehouse, received tremendous reviews from critics, he says he faced a lot of troubles while making the film.
"95% of the people I spoke to had never given an interview, never written a book, never been on TV, never spoken to a journalist. When I got in touch with them, they said, 'I don't care who you are and I don't trust you'," says Kapadia. "A lot of people said this film was never going to get made, and that there was no way it was ever going to come out," he adds.
"Nick, Amy's former manager, said that all the way through. I remember somebody saying to me at the beginning of this film, 'Why do you want to make a film about a junkie?' And I just said, 'That's exactly why I want to make this film, because you just said that, and I can't believe you just said that'," adds the 43-year-old director.
Meanwhile in another report appearing in E! Online, Asif Kapadia revealed how Amy did not like her popular song Rehab and never thought it would be a hit.
Kapadia, said the song was a 'cry for help'.
"I don't think she liked the song. It's dark and it's a cry for help. I think she was surprised it became a hit. The trouble was already there, but that's when it really kicked off," the Senna director said.
"That song became, I think, the thing that she hated. People wanted her to sing it and she's singing it with a drink in her hand. It's a cry for help. Every time she says, 'No,' she's saying, 'Yes.'"
Winehouse, who wrote 'Rehab' about her own life, died of alcohol poisoning on 23 July 2011, aged 27.
Amy will release worldwide on July 10.
(With inputs from PTI)