As the world gets its first glimpse of the new Amy Winehouse documentary trailer fresh from its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, several of those close to the late singer are speaking out against the movie’s inaccuracies. The documentary from “Senna” director Asif Kapadia features a reported over 100 interviews with family, friends and acquaintances to recreate a portrait of the young singer who passed away on July 23, 2011 from alcohol poisoning at the age of 27. The documentary on the six-time Grammy Award winner will cover her days before fame and the struggles she faced when she began to cross over into the spotlight.
A first look at Kapadia’s film shows a dark-haired young girl quickly growing into a young teen with a guitar. The camera shy Amy Winehouse is still gaining her bearings on the stage when an interviewer asks her about becoming an artist in the public eye. Winehouse responds she’s just here to make music.
The trailer offers rare glimpses to Amy Winehouse’s world on the other side of the camera, dodging paparazzi and eagerly holding onto men while a voice-over remarks how she just wanted to be loved. Home movies and camera selfies intertwine to piece together a moving picture of the singer; one that family members and loved ones are saying creates a drastically altered memory.
Amy Winehouse’s fiancé Reg Traviss lambasted the documentary to The Telegraph. He said the movie doesn’t “capture her true character” and called the film “a fictionalized biopic centered around a distorted depiction of Amy’s life.” He also critized the film’s depiction of Amy Winehouse's relationship with her family, which the film depicts as “crude.”
According to Cinemablend, Winehouse’s family released a statement distancing themselves from Asif Kapadia's documentary, saying "Amy" doesn’t accurately portray the late singer. The family also charges that certain aspects of the documentary were “misleading” to viewers.
Amy’s father Mitch Winehouse told The Sun last month that he “felt sick” when watching the documentary. "Amy would be furious. This is not what she would have wanted,” he said. Mitch previously said he would sue the filmmakers should they screen the version of the film he saw, but no suit has been filed yet.
“Amy” will hit theaters in July, with a U.S. date to be announced soon.