(AllHipHop News) The Kevin Macdonald-directed documentary about Whitney Houston debuted at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday. A trailer for the feature film was also released.
Macdonald’s Whitney is an intimate portrait of the iconic vocalist and her family. Filmmakers used never-before-seen archival footage, exclusive demo recordings, rare performances, audio archives, and original interviews in an attempt to shed light on Houston's life.
One new revelation did emerge from the movie. The late Dee Dee Warwick - Houston's cousin and Soul singer Dionne Warwick's sister - allegedly sexually abused Whitney when she was a child.
"I didn’t know whether that was true. And then I interviewed Pat Houston and Gary Houston, who’s Whitney’s brother. He told me that he was abused by a woman in the family, and Pat Houston told me that, yes, Whitney had said to her, 'This is what happened,'” Macdonald stated to Deadline. "So at that stage, I’d had the confirmation that something had happened, but I didn’t know who it was. And then, on the next interview, Gary did tell me who it was."
Macdonald previously oversaw movies about Bob Marley and Mick Jagger. The British national won an Academy Award for One Day in September and he directed Forest Whitaker’s Oscar-winning turn in The Last King of Scotland.
Prior to her death in 2012, Whitney Houston sold over 200 million albums worldwide, won 6 Grammy Awards, and recorded 11 songs that reached the top of the Hot 100. The 4-time platinum single "I Will Always Love You" from The Bodyguard soundtrack spent 14 weeks as the #1 single in America.
Whitney is scheduled to hit theaters on July 6 via Miramax/Roadside Attractions.