Amy Winehouse’s family has publicly criticized Asif Kapadia’s forthcoming documentary about the late singer. In a statement to People, the family said the film is “both misleading and contains some basic untruths.” Though the Winehouse family initially supported the film, they now seek to “disassociate themselves” from it.
“The narrative is formed by the testimony of a narrow sample of Amy’s associates,” the statement reads, “many of whom had nothing to do with her in the last years of her life. Counter views expressed to the filmmakers did not make the final cut.”
In an interview with The Sun on Sunday, Mitch Winehouse, Amy’s father, confessed (via People), “I felt sick when I watched it for the first time. Amy would have been furious. This is not what she would have wanted.” The family claims the film portrays Mitch in a negative light, showing him more interested in forcing Amy onstage to get more money than in helping overcome her addictions. Meanwhile, they claim the film ignores the role Amy’s ex-husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, played in her story.
The film’s spokesperson told People, “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.”
Amy premieres at Cannes Film Festival in May, and will be in theaters in the U.K. on July 3.