New Whitney Trailer Takes You Beyond the Headlines


That film lacked either the endorsement or extensive involvement of the Houston family, above all her mother, Cissy Houston, presented there as the main architect and oppressive controller of her fame.

Scottish filmmaker Kevin MacDonald's upcoming documentary is Whitney, exploring the lift and death of Whitney Houston. A clip of Whitney Houston saying, "I'm singing music from my heart", plays, and then the screen switches to her mother.

Houston died on February 11, 2012, at age 48 as he she was found unconscious in a hotel room bathtub. Macdonald conducted around 70 interviews, from Clive Davis to Houston's Bodyguard costar Kevin Costner. All of the things we're familiar with are there, from Houston putting her talent on display to the tabloid fodder that was her marriage to Bobby Brown and the drug use that plagued her life.

Her brother Gary Garland also speaks about their childhood in the documentary and discloses his greatest trauma was being abused "by a female relative".

"There was something very disturbed about her, because she was never comfortable in her own skin..." She was a attractive woman, but she was never particularly sexy.

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"Then I (interviewed) Mary Jones, who was Whitney's longtime assistant. and she told me Whitney's point of view on this, and what Whitney had told her in detail, and how important she felt it was for understanding Whitney, but how scared everyone was to talk about it".

The trailer touches on multiple hot-button issues that surrounded Houston, as a disembodied voice fires off questions about drug choice, addiction, her relationships with Bobby Brown and Robyn Crawford. "She was the one person who loved her who really wanted to take part but didn't", Macdonald told to EW of Crawford. And I thought that was interesting.

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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.

Sarah Rodman provided additional reporting for this story.