Winehouse's family criticizes 'misleading' movie about singer

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LONDON (AP) -- The family of Amy Winehouse has criticized a documentary about the late singer that is due to have its premiere at next month's Cannes Film Festival.

A statement issued Sunday by family spokesman Chris Goodman said director Asif Kapadia's "Amy" is "misleading and contains some basic untruths."

The statement said the film suggested family members did too little to help the singer, who died in July 2011 at age 27 of accidental alcohol poisoning. The soul diva, whose 2006 album "Back to Black" won five Grammy Awards, had battled drug and alcohol abuse for years.

The family statement said the movie did not reflect the "huge effort from all concerned to help Amy at all stages."

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

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British singer Amy Winehouse is pictured during a break in her trial outside Westminster Magistrates Court in London on July 23, 2009. British singer Amy Winehouse launched an 'unjustifiable' attack on a female fan who politely asked her for a photograph at a charity ball, a court heard on Thursday. The 25-year-old songstress -- said to be on the road to recovery from her drug addiction -- denies beating Sherene Flash, a dancer, in an incident in Berkeley Square, central London, on September 26. AFP PHOTO/SHAUN CURRY (Photo credit should read SHAUN CURRY/AFP/Getty Images)
Mercury prize nominee Amy Winehouse arrives at the 2004 Mercury Prize Awards Show in London, Tuesday Sept. 7, 2004. The Mercury award, now in its 13th year, honours the best album of the year by a British or Irish band, and is judged on talent and innovation rather than commercial sales. It is open to UK and Irish acts who have released albums over the past year. (AP Photo/John D McHugh)
LONDON - MAY 8: Amy Winehouse performs on stage during the first day of the 'The Prince's Trust Urban Music Festival' at Earls Court on May 8, 2004 in London. The two-day show is the UK's largest ever urban music event and is backed by the royal charity. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)
LONDON - JULY 13: Amy Winehouse performs on stage as part of the Cannizaro Park Festival in Wimbledon on July 13, 2004 in London. The south London festival runs from July 10 to August 8 and features comedy, jazz, opera, circus and a production of Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night' with Wayne Sleep. (Photo by Bruno Vincent/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Singer Amy Winehouse performs on stage at the Bristol Academy on November 17, 2004 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
LONDON - NOVEMBER 14: Singer Amy Winehouse performs live on stage at Koko in Camden Town on November 14, 2006 in London. England. (Photo by Simone Joyner/Getty Images)
London, UNITED KINGDOM: British Jazz singer Amy Winehouse arrives at the Earls Court Arena, London ahead of the Brit Awards, 14 February 2007. The ceremony will be broadcast live on TV for the first time since 1989. Comedian and presenter Russell Brand hosts. Oasis are to be honoured with an outstanding contribution to music award at the ceremony, where they will also perform. Amy Winehouse, Corrine Bailey Rae, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Snow Patrol, Scissor Sisters and Take That will be among the other acts giving performances. AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 27: Singer Amy Winehouse kisses fiance Blake Fielder-Civil during day 1 of the Coachella Music Festival held at the Empire Polo Field on April 27, 2007 in Indio, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
Belfort, FRANCE: British singer Amy Winehouse performs on stage, 29 June 2007 during the Eurockeennes Music Festival in Belfort, Eastern France. AFP PHOTO JEFF PACHOUD (Photo credit should read JEFF PACHOUD/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON - MAY 28: Singer Amy Winehouse performs At Shepherd's Bush Empire May 28, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Jo Hale/ Getty Images)
Musician Amy Winehouse arrives to the 2007 MTV Movie Awards held at the Gibson Amphitheatre on June 3, 2007 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images for MTV)
FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2007 file photo, British singer Amy Winehouse poses for photographs after being interviewed by The Associated Press at a studio in north London, Friday, Feb. 16, 2007. British police say singer Amy Winehouse has been found dead at her home in London on Saturday, July 23, 2011. The singer was 27 years old. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)
BALTIMORE - AUGUST 04: Singer Amy Winehouse performs onstage at the Virgin Festival By Virgin Mobile 2007 at Pimlico Race Course on August 4, 2007 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 01: Recording artist Amy Winehouse performs during the show at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2007 at the Olympiahalle on November 1, 2007 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images for MTV)
British singer, Amy Winehouse performs at the V Festival, near Chelmsford, England, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008, after which, according to her father, Mitch Winehouse, she will play one more gig before taking an extended break from playing live after Sept. 6. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
** FILE **In this Feb. 20, 2008, file photo, Amy Winehouse performs at the Brit Awards 2008 in London. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, file)
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY PAUL RICARD British singer Amy Winehouse performs at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, in Glastonbury on June 28, 2008. As the legendary Motown label turns 50, soul music is back and booming, ever since British diva Amy Winehouse hit world charts two years ago. The celebrated label , that brought Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Diana Ross to the world has been marked by a re-issue of its seminal tracks. AFP PHOTO/BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Jazz Soul singer Amy Winehouse, from England, performs during the Rock in Rio music festival in Arganda del Rey, on the outskirts of Madrid, Friday, July 4, 2008. (AP Photo / Victor R. Caivano)
British singer Amy Winehouse arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court, in west London, on March 17, 2009. Winehouse appears charged with assault over an alleged incident at a charity ball last September. AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
** FILE ** In this June 27, 2008 file photo, British singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse performs at the 46664 charity concert in honor of Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday in London. Winehouse has dropped her appeal in a Norwegian drugs case and will accept her fine for illegal possession of marijuana in 2007, her Norwegian attorney told The AP on Tuesday Jan. 6, 2009. Winehouse and Fielder-Civil, were arrested during a concert stop in the western city of Bergen in October 2007 on charges of possessing 7 grams (1/4-ounce) of marijuana. They held overnight and were released after paying fines of 3,000 kroner ($428). (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)
FILE - In this June 18, 2011 file photo, Amy Winehouse performs on stage during her concert in Belgrade, Serbia. British police say singer Amy Winehouse has been found dead at her home in London on Saturday, July 23, 2011. The singer was 27 years old. (AP Photo/File)
British artist Amy Winehouse, left, performs during her show in Florianopolis, Brazil, Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011. Winehouse played new material for the first time in nearly five years at her comeback show in Brazil. (AP Photo/Nabor Goulart)
British singer Amy Winehouse (L) smokes a cigarette during a break in her trial outside Westminster Magistrates Court in London on July 23, 2009. British singer Amy Winehouse launched an 'unjustifiable' attack on a female fan who politely asked her for a photograph at a charity ball, a court heard on Thursday. The 25-year-old songstress -- said to be on the road to recovery from her drug addiction -- denies beating Sherene Flash, a dancer, in an incident in Berkeley Square, central London, on September 26. AFP PHOTO/SHAUN CURRY (Photo credit should read SHAUN CURRY/AFP/Getty Images)
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The filmmakers said in a statement that they began work with "total objectivity" and the support of the Winehouse family. They said the documentary was the result of interviews with about 100 people who knew the singer, including "friends, family, former partners and members of the music industry that worked with her."

Kapadia won wide acclaim with "Senna," a documentary about the late motor racing champion Ayrton Senna.

"Amy" is due to screen out of competition at the May 13-24 Cannes festival.

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