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Netflix release trailer for documentary on Britney Spears’ conservatorship: ‘No more silence’

Netflix have released the trailer for their upcoming documentary Britney vs Spears.

The film, directed by Erin Lee Carr, will shed light on Britney Spears’ controversial 13-year conservatorship.

The streaming giant teased: “No more secrets. No more silence.”

The official synopsis reads: “The world knows Britney Spears: performer, artist, icon. But in the last few years, her name has been publicly tied to another, more mysterious term: conservatorship.”

“Britney vs Spears tells the explosive story of Britney’s life and her public and private search for freedom. Featuring years-long investigative work, exclusive interviews and new documents, this Netflix feature film paints a thorough portrait of the pop star’s trajectory from girl next door to a woman trapped by fame and family and her own legal status. It shows Britney’s life without utilizing the traumatic images that have previously defined her.”

The film makers are said to have delved “deep into the tangled history of the conservatorship that has been in place for over 13 years.”

The synopsis adds: “The film weaves a shocking timeline of old and new players, secret rendezvous and Britney’s behind-the-scenes fight for her own autonomy.”

“Text messages and a voicemail, as well as new interviews with key players, make clear what Britney herself has attested: the full story has yet to be told.”

The film is set for release on September 28.

In a teaser for the film, released on Tuesday, Britney is heard leaving a voice message for her attorney back in 2009.

The singer said: “Hi, my name is Britney Spears. I called you earlier. I’m calling again because I just wanted to make sure that during the process of eliminating the conservatorship…”

Britney was placed under a conservatorship after she suffered an alleged breakdown in 2008. A conservatorship is granted to those who are incapable of making decisions, such as people with mental disabilities.

The arrangement put her estate, financial assets, and some personal assets under the control of her father Jamie, and lawyer Andrew Wallet – who has since resigned from the role.

According to court documents obtained by E! News, Britney’s estate is worth $57.4 million – which includes $2.7 million in cash assets, and $54.7 million in non-cash assets.

The pop star’s conservatorship has been under review since 2019 after she accused her father of forcing her to enter a mental health facility.

In November last year, the songstress tried to have her father removed as her conservator, but her request was denied.

Instead, a judge named wealth management firm the Bessemer Trust as co-conservator of her estate, alongside her father.

However, Bessemer Trust has since resigned from the role.

During a landmark court hearing on June 23, Britney called for an end to her 13-year conservatorship, which she claimed was “abusive”.

In a passionate statement, the singer said: “I am not happy, I can’t sleep. I’m so angry, it’s insane. And I’m depressed.”

“My dad and anyone involved in this conservatorship, including my management… they should be in jail.”

“The last time I spoke to you [the judge] … made me feel like I was dead. I am telling you again because I am not lying… so maybe you can understand the depth and the degree and the damages… I deserve changes.”

As for why she didn’t speak out before, Britney said: “I honestly don’t think anyone would believe me. I thought people would make fun of me.”

“I’m just want my life back. It’s enough.”

Earlier this month, Britney’s father Jamie filed a petition to end her controversial conservatorship.

The next hearing in Britney’s conservatorship battle is scheduled for September 29.


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