The documentary, directed by Erin Lee Carr, will focus on the conservatorship that has controlled the pop star’s her life and finances for 13 years, and her battle to free herself from it – a fight which seems closer to being won after her father and conservator Jamie filed to terminate the arrangement just a couple of weeks ago.
The new trailer provides an insight into how the documentary will tell Spears’ story, with archival footage and interviews with those familiar with the case. It opens with a snippet of Spears’ address to the court back in June, in which she said, “I just want my life back.”
It follows a brief teaser that arrived yesterday featuring an audio clip of a message Spears left to an attorney in 2009. “Hi, my name is Britney Spears,” she says in the recording “I called you earlier. I’m calling again because I just wanted to make sure that during the process of eliminating the conservatorship…”
Back in February, a New York Times documentary titled Framing Britney Spears was released, which touched on both her conservatorship battle as well as the singer’s constant hounding by the press around the time of her much-publicised mental health struggles and subsequent placement under conservatorship.
In July, Britney was finally given permission to hire her own lawyer in her conservatorship case, recruiting former federal prosecutor Mathew Rosengart. Rosengart has been firm in his intention to end the conservatorship and stated his number one priority was the removal of Jamie Spears. This week, Rosengart told a judge he expects Spears’ conservatorship will be terminated “completely and inevitably” over the coming months.
Watch the trailer for Britney vs. Spears below. The documentary is set to arrive next Tuesday, 28th September, the day before Spears’ next scheduled court appearance. That hearing will determine whether or not Spears’ father will remain her conservator.