New Framing Britney Spears Documentary Is On TV Tonight
A new documentary exploring the #FreeBritney movement is airing on Sky Documentaries this evening (16 February) after being released in the US earlier this month.
Framing Britney Spears focuses on Britney Spears' fame and celebrity status, exploring the conservatorship she's been living under since 2008.
Part of the series The New York Times Presents, the feature-length doc was initially released on FX and FX on Hulu on 5 February, but will now be available for UK viewers via Sky and Now TV.
Spears entered the conservatorship when she was aged 26, at a time when her struggles were well-documented in the media.
As the star's highly publicised breakdown made headlines, she was handed a court-mandated conservatorship to be overseen by her father, Jamie Spears.
Since then, however, there have been widespread calls for the censorship to be terminated, having given rise to the #FreeBritney movement on social media in support of the 39-year-old singer.
According to The New York Times, the film captures 'what the public might not know about the nature of Spears's conservatorship and her court battle with her father over who should control her estate'.
It features interviews with 'key insiders' including a 'lifelong family friend who traveled alongside Spears for much of her career', the marketing exec who originally created Spears' image, a lawyer currently working on the conservatorship and the lawyer Spears hired in the early days of the conservatorship to challenge her father.
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Speaking to Sky News, director Samantha Stark said: "I really hope that when people watch this, they take a step back and reassess their view of who Britney is as a person and as an artist and a woman.
"I hope people also look at how they participated in the media coverage of her. It's so mean-spirited and there was so much glee in her suffering.
"Why did no one say anything or condemn any of this coverage of her back then? It just felt so normalised. And it wasn't that long ago.
"So I hope people really take a look at that and about how we treat young women. Number one, I hope people come away with a new understanding of Britney Spears."
Spears did not participate in the documentary herself, but appeared to refer to it in a social media post after its US release, saying: "Each person has their story and their take on other people's stories. We all have so many different bright beautiful lives.
"Remember, no matter what we think we know about a person's life, it is nothing compared to the actual person living behind the lens."
Framing Britney Spears airs tonight at 9pm on Sky Documentaries, and will also be available to stream on Now TV and Sky Q.
Featured Image Credit: FX/Sky
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