'Whitney' Trailer: Whitney Houston Documentary Aims To Hit All The Notes

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Set to premiere at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival today, the new Kevin Macdonald documentary Whitney delves into the life of Whitney Houston, peaking into unseen corners through rare footage of the artist herself and through the lenses of those closest to her.

The emotional trailer features appearances by Houston's mother, Cissy Houston, her brother, Michael Houston, Bobby Brown, as well as legendary music executives Clive Davis, Babyface, and L.A. Reid.

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In a never-before-seen clip of Houston, the entertainer throws serious shade at choreographer-turned-singer Paula Abdul. "I just had a sense, having sat watching interviews about her, watching footage of her, I had a feeling that there was something wrong with her". "He wanted to be on the stage; he wanted to be [at] the forefront".

Other topics discussed in the film include the life and death of Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, Houston's complicated relationship with Bobby Brown, and the rumors that she had a relationship with her creative director Robyn Crawford.

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Meanwhile, you'll also find nods to her hit film and blockbuster soundtrack for "The Bodyguard", as well as her iconic performance of the national anthem at Super Bowl XXV. "That girl is singing off key on the record". I met Nicole David, her longtime agent, who was incredibly close to her. On the plus side, we get a much more intimate sense of Whitney's upbringing, and one late-arriving bombshell as Macdonald looks to her childhood - described reflexively as "idyllic" by one relative, but marked by a secret history of abuse - to contextualise why addiction took hold.

When Jones was asked why Houston never told her mother about the allegations, the former assistant said the singer was ashamed: "I think she was ashamed.she used to say, 'I wonder if I did something to make [Dee Dee] think I wanted her.' I said, 'Stop". "So I think it was the combination of thinking there's this really interesting personal mystery, but also how this woman was a musical genius".

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Whitney hits theaters on July 6.

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