Well, it’s always the way – you wait ages for a documentary about the most iconic pop girl of our generation, and then two come along at once. Earlier this year, we had Framing Britney Spears, which reignited the public’s interest in Brit’s conservatorship, as well as the generally trashy behaviour she’s been subjected to from the various men in her life (including but not limited to Justin Timberlake).
Later this year, we’ll be getting another, with reports that the BBC has commissioned a documentary called The Battle For Britney: Fans, Cash and a Conservatorship, that is set to debut on May 1 in the UK, with details of international availability presumably to follow. The 60-minute doc reportedly sees journalist Mobeen Azhar travelling from LA to Kentwood, Louisiana, the home town of Britney Spears.
The film will reportedly see Azhar interviewing people on “both sides” of the Britney situation, whatever that means, and “finding himself in the midst of an ongoing battle between Britney’s conservatorship team and the passionate fans behind the #FreeBritney movement”. Interview subjects include a former makeup artist and choreographer of Brit’s, as well as blogger Perez Hilton, who coverd her 2007 breakdown extensively.
I’m not going to judge this documentary before I’ve seen it, although one does have to wonder how much new ground it will cover without any apparent input from Britney Spears herself or anyone who is actually in her inner circle. At a certain point, the coverage gets gratuitous when there is nothing new to add, but I guess we’ll have to wait until May and see what level (if any) insight this one delivers.