“Britney vs Spears” Trailer Reveals Netflix’s Hotly Anticipated Doc
The trailer for Britney vs Spears is here, a day after Netflix revealed the existence of the long-rumored documentary from director Erin Lee Carr. The trailer reveals our first look at Carr’s film, which is focused, as the title suggests, on Britney Spears’ long battle to regain control of her life and her finances from the incredibly unusual conservatorship she’s been living under for the past 13-years.
The doc comes a few weeks after Spears’ father, Jamie, requested the end to her 13-year conservatorship. An attorney for Jamie Spears wrote, “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.” Britney vs Spears follows Hulu’s highly popular Framing Britney Spears, which was a collaboration with The New York Times Presents series, and focused, in part, on the #FreeBritney movement that has long agitated for the emancipation of Spears from being placed in the conservatorship against her will. Framing Britney Spears revealed facets of the superstar’s life most people hadn’t known about, and renewed interest in Spears, her music, and her unfair treatment by unscrupulous people in her orbit, the media, and members of her own family.
Since Framing Britney Spears was released, Spears has been at the center of the media’s attention again, especially after she gave her own testimony (for the first time ever) on June 23, during her first public court hearing at the Los Angeles Superior Courthouse. Spears called the conservatorship “abusive” at the hearing.
Britney vs Spears will only heighten the interest in her struggle for independence. One facet of the conservatorship has been the stranglehold her handlers have had on her ability to speak publicly, without their approval. “I have the right to use my voice and take up for myself,” Spears said to the judge at the hearing on June 23, going on to say she wanted to expose the harsh treatment she claims she endured by her conservators. “I can’t let the public know anything they did to me and by not saying anything, is saying it’s okay.”
It seems the era of Britney’s silence is coming to an end, and Carr, the daughter of the late David Carr, a beloved and respected journalist in his own right, seems like an ideal person to bring more light to Britney’s story.
Check out the trailer below. Britney vs Spears premieres on Netflix on September 29:
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Featured image: Britney Spears onstage during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.