Whitney, which is directed by the Scottish film-maker Kevin Macdonald, premiered at the Cannes film festival on Thursday. Directed by Oscar victor Kevin Macdonald, the film explores the late singer's life and features interviews with those closest to her.
Unlike previous films about the pop icon, the documentary was made with the approval and participation of Houston's family.
In the preview, many familiar tabloid headlines are referenced as vignettes of Houston's life flash onscreen and a banner promises to reveal "the answers you never knew" to the "questions you want asked". An interviewee speaking off camera in the teaser can be heard saying "Robyn was [Houston's] safety net" and "Bobby was jealous". Another adds: "His heart was, he wanted to be on the stage". But there was a darker side to the success, as her career gave way to erratic behavior, scandals and eventually her death in 2012 at age 48. It also covers the depths Houston traveled to "lift up" her husband, Bobby Brown.
In Whitney, both the filmmaker and Houston's family hopes to finally set the record straight about the iconic singer, but Macdonald said he was not initially interested in telling Houston's story until he talked to her agent. I met Nicole David, her longtime agent, who was incredibly close to her. Through interviews with those who knew her best, intimate topics like "Do you think she understood herself?" and "You must have known about the drug use", are broached. "She's someone who has had such a big impact on culture but is not taken seriously".
The film, which will make its theatrical debut on July 6, incorporates features like never-before-seen archival footage and rare performances to wrap viewers into Houston's life.