BAFTA-winning journalist Mobeen Azhar is making a Britney Spears documentary for BBC Two – under the working title of Britney.
The #FreeBritney movement has had a wave of renewed attention in recent weeks, thanks to the New York Times Presents film Framing Britney Spears – sparking a load of celebrity support, public discussion, and record ratings here in the UK for Sky Documentaries.
Now everyone’s getting in on it: in addition to the new Beeb effort, Netflix are also said to be working on their own doc, and some reports have suggested Britney herself is making one too.
In a statement, Azhar says: “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.
“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.”
It’s been in the works since last autumn, when Azhar went to Kentwood, Louisiana (where else?).
Since then, he’s attended a court hearing, “[found] himself in the midst of the ongoing battle between Britney’s conservatorship team and the passionate fans behind the #FreeBritney movement”, and spoken to “the people closest” to the star.
It’ll be on telly this spring, with no airdate just yet.
I loved Framing Britney Spears for the energy it brought to Britney’s cause, but one criticism has been the amount of weight it placed on unverified fan speculation. Let’s hope this doc rights that wrong.