Amy Winehouse’s family disown “misleading” Amy documentary and its “basic untruths”

The family claim it paints them in a bad light

Amy Winehouse

by Laurence Mozafari |
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The family of Amy Winehouse have disowned a documentary based on the singer's life, which they were previously collaborating closely on.

The Winehouse family, including the late singer's father, Mitch Winehouse, claim the documentary, called Amy, is "misleading" and contains "some basic untruths".

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

"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."

Amy's parents at The Amy Winehouse Foundation Ball
Amy's parents at The Amy Winehouse Foundation Ball

The filmmakers - which include director Asif Kapadia and producer by James Gay-Rees - replied to the comments by saying the documentary was shaped by their findings from around 100 interviews with people that knew Amy. They said that they "approached the project with total objectivity."

Amy who shot to fame with songs such as Rehab and Back to Black died of alcohol poisoning at her London home on July 23, 2011, at the age of twenty-seven.

The Winehouse family statement continued

"Fundamentally, the Winehouse family believes that the film does a disservice to individuals and families suffering from the complicated affliction of addiction.

"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."

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