Amy Winehouse's Family Criticizes "Misleading" Documentary About Singer

The film 'Amy' reportedly contains some "basic untruths."

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Amy Winehouse’s family has criticized an upcoming film about the late singer that is set to debut at next month’s Cannes Film Festival.

The Associated Press is reporting that director Asif Kapadia’s Amy may have false information. A statement was issued on Sunday by family spokesman Chris Goodman who said Amy is "misleading and contains some basic untruths."

In the statement, the film suggested that family members did very little to help the singer. Winehouse died in 2011 when she was 27 from accidental alcohol poisoning. Her blood-alcohol limit was more than five times that of the drunk-driving limit.

The family stated that the film didn’t reflect the "huge effort from all concerned to help Amy at all stages.” They further explained, "Fundamentally, the Winehouse family believes that the film does a disservice to individuals and families suffering from the complicated affliction of addiction.”

The filmmakers have responded to their accusations, saying they worked with “total objectivity” and had the support of the Winehouse family. They noted that the documentary was completed with over 100 interviews conducted with friends, family, former partners, and collaborators in the music industry.

Winehouse’s last album, 2006’s Back to Black, won five Grammy Awards. It had universal singles such as “Rehab,” which Jay Z appeared on the remix.

"Her impact has been enormous, not only on music," Mitch Winehouse said in a September 2013 interview. "Before Amy came on the scene, there were very few British singers. Well there were in the '60s, but not for many years after. Amy made people sit up and take notice that there was great talent in the U.K."

Amy is set to premiere at Cannes Film Festival starting May 13-24.

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