“I just want to be a cabbie” bemoaned Mitch Whitehouse in this First Cut film by Jazz Thwaite, prompting me to yell at the screen, “Stop courting publicity then!”
For a man who just wants an ‘ordinary’ life, he seems to go out of his way to ride the wave that is his daughter’s personal tsunami.
This film pretty much consisted of Mitch whining about his problems and how hard his life is. Which, had it been someone less obviously loving the attention, might have elicited some sympathy from me, but just as the last Amy related hoohar had died down, he’s raked over the embers and reignited them by taking part in this film.
We saw him with his therapist too, which just screams of attention seeking to me; I mean, if he genuinely needed therapy, would he really invite the cameras in to a session? I think not.
His worry over Amy keeps him awake nights apparently – well, welcome to the world of parenthood Mitch. You don’t have exclusive rights just because your daughter’s famous. And he has “unresolved anger” about Amy and Blake… again, this is the world of parenting adults. We all hate someone who’s done something vile to our kids. But we don’t all make a film about it or take ourselves – and a camera crew – off to a therapist.
“Everyone thinks they know our story” he whined, and again, my answer to my TV set was, “That’s because you keep telling us!” And I think it’s worth saying again; if you don’t want publicity, don’t go looking for it.
And he invited us to know “us” a bit better by getting out the photo album and sharing home cine footage with us viewers. So yes Mitch, we do know your story, and we know it that bit better now.
The only thing that makes Mitch Winehouse any different to any parent dealing with a drug and booze addicted child is that Amy’s famous. Other than that, there are parents in their thousands dealing with the same problems.
And I feel for all of them, including Mitch, but the fact is – and sorry to harp on about this – if half the Winehouse’s troubles are caused by press attention, it’s not really the best plan in the world to make a film about it.