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Watch: The first trailer for Netflix’s new Britney Spears documentary is finally here


by Sarah Finnan
23rd Sep 2021
Watch: The first trailer for Netflix’s new Britney Spears documentary is finally here

After dropping the first teaser for the upcoming 'Britney Vs Spears' documentary two days ago, Netflix followed that up with the first official trailer yesterday evening.

Public appetite for information on Britney Spears has never been higher with Netflix hoping to capitalise on that with their upcoming documentary. Titled Britney Vs Spears, the documentary will reportedly hone in on the #FreeBritney movement and the legal ramifications of her father’s conservatorship. 

Directed by Erin Lee Carr, the documentary has been in the works for more than a year now and is believed to include insight from “key figures in Spears’ orbit” – it’s yet unclear whether Britney herself will appear in the project or not. 

Hyping viewers up by sharing a short teaser of what’s to come, the 18-second clip features a previously unheard voicemail from Brit to one of her lawyers. Dated January 21st 2009, it begins with the singer introducing herself before saying that she is “calling again” to follow up on the “process of eliminating the conservatorship”. 

 

Netflix then followed the teaser up with the first official trailer for the documentary yesterday evening. Showing a montage of different clips of the star throughout the years, the trailer says that she’s “been silenced to speak out about anything that’s really going on”.  Voiced over by snippets from things Britney herself has actually said in court testimonies, the trailer also alludes to having access to highly confidential documents pertaining to her conservatorship.

Netflix’s version comes not long after the Framing Britney Spears documentary aired on Hulu earlier this year. Part of a New York Times investigative series, it explored many different areas of the singer’s life including her early childhood, career and of course, the controversy surrounding her conservatorship. 

Sparking concerns over Spears’ welfare, the documentary shone a light on the horrific conditions that the performer has been living under for 13 long years, with support for the #FreeBritney movement gaining huge traction in the aftermath of its release. 

Though Britney has been fighting to end her conservatorship for years, it’s only recently that she’s re-addressed the situation again. Becoming more and more vocal on the matter, she made her first public statement against her father in an impassioned 24-minute statement in court back in June. 

Detailing the abuse she’s suffered at the hands of others, Britney denounced the conservatorship and all those who have allowed her to be taken advantage of for so many years. “I feel ganged up on. I feel bullied and I feel left out and alone,” she admitted. 

Huge developments were made in the case just last month when Jamie Spears finally agreed to voluntarily step down as conservator. Filing an unexpected request to terminate his involvement, Mr Spears’ attorney maintains that there are “no actual grounds for suspending or removing” him. 

His decision “isn’t a full and unconditional surrender” though as NBC News legal analyst Danny Cevallos pointed out. In fact, according to Britney’s lawyer Matthew Rosengart, he’s looking for $2 million in legal fees before doing so. If those conditions are met, Cevallos predicts Jamie Spears could step down as his daughter’s conservator “very soon”. If not… the battle is likely to rage on. 

Britney Vs Spears is expected to land on Netflix later this month on September 28th ahead of the singer’s next court date the following day.

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