Amy Winehouse's Family Slams Documentary About Late Singer as ''Misleading'' and a ''Missed Opportunity''

After initially supporting the years-in-the-making project, relatives of the star, who died in 2011, want to "disassociate themselves" from the film

By Natalie Finn Apr 27, 2015 11:41 PMTags
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Amy Winehouse's family has concluded that Amy is no good.

The late artist's family, including father Mitch Winehouse, called an upcoming documentary about the "Rehab" singer "a missed opportunity to celebrate her life and talent and that it is both misleading and contains some basic untruths."

Amy is slated to premiere at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and be released in the U.K. on July 3.

"The Winehouse family would like to disassociate themselves from the forthcoming film about their much missed and beloved Amy," read a statement from the family obtained by Rolling Stone.

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They add: "There are specific allegations made against family and management that are unfounded and unbalanced. 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. Counter views expressed to the filmmakers did not make the final cut."

A spokesperson for the film, directed by Asif Kapadia and produced by James Gay-Rees, told RS: "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."

Winehouse's family reportedly feels that Amy underplays the role that they believe Winehouse's ex-husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, played in her downfall. The Grammy winner died of alcohol poisoning at her London home on July 23, 2011. She was 27.


"Fundamentally, the Winehouse family believes that the film does a disservice to individuals and families suffering from the complicated affliction of addiction," the family's statement continues. "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. In reality, the filmmakers were told of a huge effort from all concerned to help Amy at all stages of her illness and their constant presence in her life throughout, as well as that of many excellent medical professionals.

"As many families know, addiction cannot begin to be treated properly until the individual helps themselves and there is no 'one size fits all' solution. Furthermore, Amy was an adult who could never be told what she could and could not do. Through their work with the Amy Winehouse Foundation, Amy's family have met many others enduring through the same struggle that they endured and have helped hundreds of disadvantaged young people in Amy's name. They will continue to do so and hope their work creates more understanding of a terrible illness."