There will be a new documentary hitting the Cannes Film Festival in May, telling the story of Amy Winehouse.
And according to sources, her family is not too happy about the light in which Winehouse is lit.
You will not have forgotten that the Grammy-winning vocalist died from alcohol poisoning in July of 2011, and according to a family spokesperson who spoke to People Magazine, the director of the film, Asif Kapadia, incorrectly paints the family as unsupportive of her when she needed them most.
They say, “It is both misleading and contains some basic untruths. 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.”
They continue to lambaste the director, saying, “Counter views expressed to the filmmakers did not make the final cut.”
The film is titled Amy, and according to Winehouse’s father, Mitch, “Amy would be furious [about the film].” He continues, “This is not what she would have wanted.”
He claims the film ignores the critical role Blake Fielder-Civil, Winehouse’s ex-husband, played in her drug problems and ultimate demise because of her substance abuse. Fielder-Civil has spoken out in the past about having given Winehouse her first taste of heroine.
Winehouse’s father is further enraged over the fact that he claims the film paints him as an absentee father who is now using the Amy Winehouse Foundation to “line his own pockets.”
A spokesperson for the film says, “We came on board with the full backing of the Winehouse family, and we approached the project with total objectivity.”
They continue to address the scope of the interviews, saying, “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.”
The family, who has distanced themselves from the film, is, as a result to what they consider slander and libelous material, is considering legal action against the filmmakers.