It’s very easy to build up an opinion of someone based on news items and snippets presented to us in the mainstream media. But these can often be ill-informed misconceptions, and this most definitely proved to be the case with Whitney Houston, who we realise we didn’t really know anything about, until now.

To mark the release of documentary Whitney, we interviewed the film’s director Kevin Macdonald on his own initial relationship with the singer, and how that changed across the course of this moving piece of cinema. He discusses why he felt she stood very little chance in life, and that he felt as though he was presenting a true crime series, almost like a detective hunting for the truth.

Naturally this allowed much room for spontaneity, to follow the story rather than have the story follow you, and Macdonald tells us why that’s such an attractive aspect to being a documentarian. Finally we speak about the child abuse allegations made against Dee Dee Warwick within the film, and what the repercussions have been to that news having now been released to the public.

Watch the full interview below:


Filmmaker Kevin Macdonald examines the life and career of singer Whitney Houston. Features never-before-seen archival footage, exclusive recordings, rare performances and interviews with the people who knew her best.
Whitney is released on July 6th.