As the bitter legal battle between Britney Spears and her father Jamie over 13-year legal guardianship continues, Netflix releases a documentary just a day before the singer heads to court for a hearing that could change completely. the course of the case.
The new production is called Britney vs. Spears, a pun on the two opposing sides in the litigation, and tells about Britney’s explosive life, her fight for freedom – both in public and in private – and the whole process that led to this media news where everything a sector supports it under the slogan #FreeBritney.
Filmmaker Erin Lee Carr, an expert in documentaries on “True Crime” (such as the Dirty Money series or the movie I Love You, Now Die), directs and produces this Netflix project which, although it has already been launched during The release of Framing Britney Spears on Amazon Prime Video, aims to build on the success of the film released by The New York Times in February.
“The world knows Britney Spears: singer, artist, icon. But in recent years, his name has become linked to another, the more mysterious term: mentoring, ”begins the official synopsis shared by Netflix.
What’s special about Britney vs Spears
Drawing on years of investigative work, exclusive interviews, and new material, Carr paints a comprehensive portrait of the pop star’s journey, from the typical girl next door to the woman trapped by celebrity, the family, and their legal situation.
Britney’s life is presented beyond the traumatic images that once marked her. With the help of journalist Jenny Eliscu, the documentary examines the complex history of the tutelage that the artist has been subject to for more than 13 years.
The film weaves a powerful timeline with new and old stakeholders, secret encounters, and Britney’s behind-the-scenes struggle for her self-reliance.
New interviews with important persons, as well as text messages and voicemail messages, confirm what Britney herself has stated: the complete story has yet to be disclosed.
This week, Netflix released the first Britney vs Spears trailer. The teaser begins with a line the Baby One More Time singer said on June 23 in Los Angeles Superior Court: “I just want my life back.”
A little later Britney can be heard holding her position firmly: “I’ve worked my whole life, I don’t owe these people anything.”
The New York Times and Hulu documentary
The singer has just accused her father of abusing guardianship that does not allow him to have creative or financial independence. That’s why she asked a judge to “lay charges” against him. There will be developments in this regard at Wednesday’s hearing. But many are already predicting that guardianship could end soon.
Recall that a few days ago, the Hulu platform launched another New York Times documentary on this affair, titled Controlling Britney Spears.
One of the revelations from the film is the confirmation that Jamie Spears spied on his daughter. Under the pretext of protecting her, he deployed, along with the security company he hired, a surveillance system that included monitoring the singer’s communications and audio recording in her bedroom.
The New York daily quotes Alex Vlasov, an employee of the security company Black Box, who confirms that the conversations with her children and her boyfriend were recorded.
According to Mr. Vlasov’s testimony, the “relentless surveillance” to which Britney Spears was subjected “allowed several people associated with the guardianship, mainly her father, James Spears, to control almost every aspect of her life”.
The documentary Britney vs Spears has been available for streaming on Netflix since Tuesday, September 28, 2021.