Amy Winehouse’s family has expressed their displeasure with Amy, a new documentary about the late singer which is set to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival next month.
The family, which had earlier supported the documentary project, released a statement on Monday, saying they wanted to ‘disassociate themselves’ from the Asif Kapadia-directed film.
‘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,’ a spokesman for the family said. ‘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.’
The family also described some of the allegations made in the documentary as ‘unfounded and unbalanced, saying, ‘By misunderstanding the condition and its treatment, the film suggests for instance that not enough was done for Amy, that her family and management pushed her into performing or did not do enough to help her.’
Amy’s father Mitch Winehouse also slammed the film as ‘misleading,’ saying that the producers portrayed him as an absentee dad during the final year of her life – something he vehemently denies. He also indicated he would sue for damages if the film screens at Cannes with the ‘tainted’ content.
Responding to the statement, the producers of the film said, ‘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 … We conducted in the region of 100 interviews with people that knew Amy. The story that the film tells is a reflection of our findings from these interviews.’