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If Hulu and The New York Times’ Framing Britney Spears documentary sent shivers down your spine, then wait until you watch Netflix’s.
Earlier this year, two highly-publicised documentaries about the Spears' career, personal life and conservatorship hit our TV screens.
In February, the world was shook to its core as it watched Framing Britney Spears delve into the singer’s rise to fame, the effect of tabloid media on her life, her involuntary commitment to a psychiatric ward and subsequent 13-year-long conservatorship that has impeded her control over her finances and personal life.
A month later, the BBC released its own documentary, The Battle For Britney: Fans, Cash and Conservatorship, which saw Bafta-winning journalist Mobeen Azhar search for the truth behind Spears’ controversial conservatorship.
Despite Spears criticising the documentaries made about her personal life, revealing in March that the former made her cry ‘for two weeks’, Netflix is set to air its own documentary, directed by true crime filmmaker Erin Lee Carr.
With Making a Murderer vibes, the documentary has reportedly been in the making for over a year and is described by the streaming platform as weaving a 'shocking timeline of old and new players, secret rendezvous and Britney’s behind the scenes fight for her own autonomy'.
'Text messages and a voicemail as well as new interviews with key players make clear what Britney herself has attested: the full story has yet to be told.'
From the Britney Vs. Spears trailer to the singer's conservatorship-hop, here’s everything you need to know about the film:
When will Britney Vs. Spears air?
Britney vs. Spears will air on Netflix on September 28, a day before her next court appearance.
Is there a Britney Vs. Spears trailer?
The documentary’s official trailer was released on September 22.
The clip sees Carr and journalist Jenny Eliscu discuss the conservatorship and includes interviews with those involved in the arrangement.
At one point, a recording of Spear’s June 2021 court hearing plays over the footage in which she says ‘I deserve to have the same rights as anybody does. It’s been 13 years. And it’s enough.’
A day prior to the trailer's release, Netflix shared an audio clip on Twitter in which Spears can be heard leaving a message for her lawyer in 2009.
‘Hi, my name is Britney Spears,’ she says. ‘I’m calling again because I just wanted to make sure that during the process of eliminating the conservatorship…’
What has Britney Spears said about Britney Vs. Spears?
Sam Asghari, Spears' fiancé, has seemingly shared his two cents on documentaries made about his wife-to-be.
In a screenshot shared on the @PopCrave Twitter account on September 24 Asghari commented on a teaser for the Netflix documentary on Instagram: 'I hope the profit from these docs go towards fighting against injustice #freebritney.'
Britney Spears’ fiancé reacts to the trailer for Netflix’s “Britney vs Spears” documentary:
“I hope the profit from these docs go towards fighting against injustice #freebritney” pic.twitter.com/GF3rKbQclX
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) September 24, 2021
In a screenshot of a message reportedly shared on his Instagram Story, per ELLE US, Asghari noted: 'Apparently my opinion has increased in value over the last few days.
'Past docs left bad after taste. I'm hopeful this one will be respectful. I don't blame CNN, BBC, or Netflix (wich got me thru lockdowns) for airing them because as an actor I tell other peoples stories too. I question producers who made them "just to shed light" without input or approval from subject. Any credit for light being shed should go to #freebritney.'
While the singer hasn’t publicly commented on Netflix’s documentary specifically, in recent months she has criticised the numerous films being made about her life.
On September 27 Spears took to Instagram to reveal she has watched a bit of a documentary made about her life and admits to feeling rather confused.
'It's really crazy guys,' she began her caption to a video of herself dressed in white.
'I watched a little bit of the last documentary and I must say I scratched my head a couple of times [sic] !!! I really try to disassociate myself from the drama !!! Number one ... that's the past !!! Number two ... can the dialogue get any classier [sic] ??? Number three ... wow they used the most beautiful footage of me in the world 😳[sic]!!! What can I say .. the EFFORT on their part. [sic]'
In May she captioned an Instagram post: 'These documentaries are so hypocritical … they criticise the media and then do the same thing.'
‘Damn … I don’t know y’all but I’m thrilled to remind you all that although I’ve had some pretty tough times in my life ... I’ve had waaaayyyy more amazing times in my life and unfortunately my friends … I think the world is more interested in the negative. [sic]’
In March she also took to Instagram to express her thoughts over the public’s interest in her personal life.
In the post she expressed how she has been ‘exposed’ her whole life and ‘embarrassed by the media’.
‘I didn't watch the documentary but from what I did see of it I was embarrassed by the light they put me in ... I cried for two weeks and well .... I still cry sometimes,’ she noted about an unspecified documentary about her life.
What’s the latest news in Britney Spears’ conservatorship?
On September 22 the singer’s lawyer, Matthew Rosengart, stated in a court filing that the star ‘fully consents’ to ‘expeditiously’ ending her father’s conservatorship, which he requested to terminate weeks earlier.
According to the documents, Rosengart says the importance of her father’s removal on the conservatorship is ‘a necessary first – and substantial – step towards Ms Spears’s freedom and ending the Kafkaesque nightmare imposed upon her by her father, so that her dignity and basic liberties can be restored’.
The filing also states that she would like her father to be removed as conservatorship of her finances by September 29. The documents come weeks after Spears’ engagement to her boyfriend Sam Asghari.
It’s believed Spears wants her father’s role in the conservatorship ended so that she can proceed with her prenup arrangement prior to her marriage, without his involvement.
Spear’s father Jamie was appointed his daughter's conservator in February 2008 in a California court, a day after the singer was placed in psychiatric care following a very public mental health crisis.
The court-ordered agreement – which is granted when individuals are unable to make their own decisions, often due to mental health issues - has meant her father has had control over the star’s estate and personal life. Spears’ father stepped down as his daughter’s personal conservator in 2019 for health reasons.
Last November a judge declined to remove Spears’ father from the role of conservator of her estate, but named financial firm the Bessemer Trust as co-conservator.
Spears' conservatorship was later extended until September 2021.
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