“They feel that the film is a missed opportunity to celebrate her life and talent and that it is both misleading and contains some basic untruths….”
By Molly Beauchemin
Amy, the forthcoming documentary about the life of Amy Winehouse, arrives in British theaters July 3, with a separate U.S. release scheduled for some time this summer. As the film’s Cannes premiere approaches, the two hour documentary is coming under fire from members of the late singer’s family, who claim the film is “misleading”.
According to a report from the Guardian, a spokesperson claims the Winehouse family “would like to disassociate themselves from the forthcoming film about their much missed and beloved Amy”.
The statement continued:
“They feel that the film is a missed opportunity to celebrate her life and talent and that it is both misleading and contains some basic untruths….There are specific allegations made against family and management that are unfounded and unbalanced.”
The film is directed by BAFTA-winning director Asif Kapaida (best known for Senna, 2011’s documentary about the late Brazilian racing champion Ayrton Senna), and tells Winehouse’s story through extensive footage compiled from various points in her life.
According to the filmmakers:
“When we were approached to make the film, we came on board with the full backing of the Winehouse family and we approached the project with total objectivity, as with Senna. During the production process, we conducted in the region of 100 interviews with people that knew Amy Winehouse; friends, family, former-partners and members of the music industry that worked with her. The story that the film tells is a reflection of our findings from these interviews.”
Amy Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning in July 2011.
Here’s the trailer for Amy: