The BBC is Making Its Own Documentary About The #FreeBritney Movement
The documentary will extensively dive into the singer’s fanbase and ongoing legal battles
The success of the FX/Hulu documentary Framing Britney Spears from earlier this year put a major spotlight on the #FreeBritney movement, the way Spears was treated by the media throughout her career, and her ongoing legal battles with conservatorship and control over her life. Now it has been announced that the BBC is following the New York Times with their own documentary around the movement.
According to their announcement, the documentary, with a working title of Britney, began filming last Autumn and centers around BAFTA winning journalist Mobeen Azhar, as he gets insight into Spears’ life and struggles. He visits her hometown of Kentwood, Louisiana and then makes his way to LA, even attending court hearings and speaking to fans and those close to the singer.
“I went to LA in search of the truth of how Britney Spears, one of the biggest pop stars on the planet, ended up in a conservatorship,” Azhar said. “I found myself in a world of lawyers, superfans and paparazzi and spent time with many of the people who’ve had a front row seat in Britney’s life. This film taps into the energy of the #FreeBritney movement and questions the industry, fandom and the laws that facilitate conservatorships.”
The NYT-produced documentary brought Spears’ various challenges to the forefront, eliciting a great deal of support from the singer, including from several celebrities. It even pushed Justin Timberlake to apologize to Spears (and Janet Jackson) after the doc highlighted the way media treatment of their relationship cast her in an unfavorable light. Britney is scheduled to debut on BBC Two later this spring.