Highly anticipated Amy Winehouse documentary, Amy, has come under fire from the late singer’s family, who have branded the film “misleading”.
A report from The Guardian quotes a statement from a representative of the Winehouse family, which says the doco contains “basic untruths” about Amy and, as a result, they “would like to disassociate themselves from the forthcoming film about their much missed and beloved Amy”.
“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,” the statement continues. “There are specific allegations made against family and management that are unfounded and unbalanced.”
Directed by BAFTA-winning director Asif Kapaida, Amy features unheard Amy Winehouse recordings and archival footage, documenting the singer’s journey from childhood in North London, to her rise to fame, to her tragic death from alcohol poisoning in 2011.
However, contrary to the Winehouse family’s statements, the filmmakers themselves maintain that the documentary delivers an accurate portrayal of the troubled singer.
“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,” they told The Guardian. “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 is set to premiere in Australia on Thursday, 2nd July this year, a day before it hits screens in the UK, and nearly four years after Winehouse’s death.
Watch: Amy – Official Teaser