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Amy Winehouse's family criticise documentary about her life

Amy Winehouse's family are unhappy about a new film based on her life. Credit: Yui Mok / PA Wire/PA Images

A film about Amy Winehouse's life has been condemned as "misleading" by her family as they distanced themselves from the project.

The documentary, called 'Amy', is directed by Asif Kapadia and will be shown at this year's Cannes Film Festival - nearly four years after the singer died in July 2011 from alcohol poisoning.

But in a statement, a spokesman for the Winehouse family said they "would like to disassociate themselves from the forthcoming film about their much missed and beloved Amy".

They feel that the film is a missed opportunity to celebrate her life and talent and that it is both misleading and contains some basic untruths.

There are specific allegations made against family and management that are unfounded and unbalanced.

– A spokesman for Amy Winehouse's family

However the film makers said that they approached the film with "total objectivity" and insisted the story it tells is "a reflection of our findings" from around 100 interviews with people who knew the star.

When we were approached to make the film, we came on board with the full backing of the Winehouse family and we approached the project with total objectivity...

During the production process, we conducted in the region of 100 interviews with people that knew Amy Winehouse; friends, family, former-partners and members of the music industry that worked with her.

The story that the film tells is a reflection of our findings from these interviews.

– Statement from film makers