Netflix released the documentary “Britney Vs. Spears” this week, created by filmmaker Erin Lee Carr and journalist Jenny Eliscu. Unlike other documentaries about Spears’ life and career, this film takes the approach of looking at the conservatorship as a whole.
The documentary builds up to Spears’ testimony by making her case using anonymous leaks and interviews with sources like paparazzo turned Spears’ boyfriend Adnan Ghalib and her controversial ex-manager Sam Lutfi. Overall, it shows that Spears has spent the last 13 years trying various avenues to hire her own lawyer, remove her father as conservator, and ultimately get control of her life back.
“Britney Vs. Spears” already has a lot of draw due to the subject matter, which is both fascinating and horrifying at the same time. It’s timely, considering the momentum the #FreeBritney movement has gained this year following Spears’ own testimony.
Also, the film is downright informational. It gives a look at how the media portrayal of Spears has vastly differed from what’s going on behind the scenes. And examines how the legal process of conservatorships was able to make a team of people, including her father, millions of dollars over the past. While the focus is clearly on Spears’ particular case, it provides further background for a legal process that is likely not common knowledge to the average person.