Netflix’s shocking Britney Vs. Spears documentary is now available to watch.
Netflix’s latest documentary about the conservatorship of Britney Spears has finally been released. Following a week of build up, with an 18-second teaser and trailer for the film being dropped within days of each other, Britney Vs. Spears arrived on the streaming site on Tuesday.
The latest in a slew of docuseries concerning the singer, an official synopsis of the film reads: “The world knows Britney Spears: performer, artist, icon. But in the last few years, her name has been publicly tied to another, more mysterious term: conservatorship. Britney Vs. Spears tells the explosive story of Britney’s life and her public and private search for freedom.
As per The Washington Post, the film, which is directed by Erin Lee Carr and executive-produced by journalist Jenny Eliscu, reveals a trove of documents obtained via anonymous leaks, adding support for Spears’s recent statements to the court and the swirling innuendo about the conditions and inner workings of her conservatorship.
Though the singer was not directly involved in the making of the documentary, the trailer features recorded audio from Spears, including voicemails with her lawyer back in 2009.
“Hi, my name is Britney Spears. I called you earlier,” the recording starts. “I’m calling again because I just wanted to make sure that during the process of eliminating the conservatorship…”
The shocking film claims that “someone very close to the conservatorship” leaked official documents around the conservatorship to the producers, which revealed “financial incentives” for her father, Jamie, and his lawyers to keep her under their control longer than necessary.
Aiming to expose the corruption of the system that has kept one of the world’s biggest stars unable to earn her own money or make decisions for herself and her children, Britney Vs. Spears claims to go deeper than ever before into the shocking effect the unique conservatorship has had on Britney.
However, questions are continuing to be raised about the morality of seemingly relentless TV specials, inside scoops and documentaries following such a traumatic aspect of Britney’s life.
Following Netflix’s initial announcement, the singer’s fiancé Sam Asghari left a comment beneath the trailer that read: “I hope the profit from these docs go towards fighting against injustice #freebritney.”
Indeed, Lady Gaga’s manager, Bobby Campbell echoed Asghari and called for transparency about “how or whether the filmmakers are profiting” from Britney Vs Spears. Campbell questioned if the makers of the documentary would be “donating their fees to Britney’s legal defence, or to legal defence funds to aid those who do not have the financial resources to fight against undue conservatorships.”
He added: “Even if it is in support of freeing Britney, this appears it could be exploitative”.
“Britney never had one person she could trust,” one source tells the camera.
“How do you get out?” asks another. The reply: “You don’t get out until you scream.”
Indeed, the trailer touches on how the viral #FreeBritney movement and protests staged by her fans propelled the courts to act, but questions whether that will ever be enough for Spears to be truly free.
The singer has long been embroiled in a battle against her father, Jamie Spears, to end her 13-year conservatorship which she claimed had prevented her from managing her own finances, getting married and having children.
As per Variety, the documentary has been underway for more than a year, and will likely centre round Spears’ highly-unusual conservatorship, and will feature key figures in Spears’ orbit. It is unclear, though highly unlikely, if Spears herself will appear in the project, given how closely guarded she has been from media opportunities throughout the course of her conservatorship. Earlier this month, Spears’ father asked a judge to end her 13-year conservatorship.
Of his daughter, an attorney wrote in the request: “If Ms. Spears wants to terminate the conservatorship and believes that she can handle her own life, Mr. Spears believes that she should get that chance.”
“I deserve to have the same rights as anybody else,” Spears can be heard saying in another unearthed recording. “It’s been 13 years and it’s enough.”
The documentary, directed by Erin Lee Carr, is now available to watch on Netflix.