Amy Winehouse’s Family Denounces Upcoming ‘Amy’ Documentary as ‘Misleading’
Earlier this month, a teaser trailer for the upcoming Amy Winehouse documentary, Amy, surfaced online. Although it originally received support from the late English singer-songwriter’s family, they have now retracted those sentiments, calling the movie “misleading.”
“The narrative is formed by the testimony of a narrow sample of Amy’s associates, many of whom had nothing to do with her in the last years of her life,” a spokesperson for Winehouse’s family said (via People). “Counter views expressed to the filmmakers did not make the final cut.”
People reports that the film emphasizes Winehouse’s father, Mitch Winehouse, as being absent while pushing his daughter toward her career in music. It also portrays her family as being unsupportive throughout her struggles with addiction and suggests that Winehouse’s father is profiting off of the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which the family established after the singer’s death in 2011. As a result, the family is considering legal action against the film’s director Asif Kapadia.
“I felt sick when I watched it for the first time,” Mitch Winehouse told the Sun on Sunday. “Amy would be furious. This is not what she would have wanted.”
Amy’s filmmakers responded with their own statement, saying, “We came on board with the full backing of the Winehouse family and we approached the project with total objectivity.”
“We conducted in the region of 100 interviews with people that knew Amy,” a spokesperson for the film continues. “The story that the film tells is a reflection of our findings from these interviews.”
Amy is slated to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May and in U.K. theaters on July 3.