Controlling Britney Spears heads to Sky Documentaries in UK
James R | On 27, Sep 2021
Controlling Britney Spears has found a UK TV home with Sky Documentaries airing the documentary and streaming it online.
From the makers of Framing Britney Spears, Controlling Britney Spears is a new documentary that features interviews with key insiders and those with first-hand information about the conservatorship that has controlled the pop star’s life.
Framing Britney Spears aired on Sky Documentaries in the UK earlier this year, exploring the legal battle surrounding the controversial conservatorship. Shining a light on the #FreeBritney fan movement, it charted the career of the pop star, her widely publicised breakdown and the conditions under which she has been living since 2008, and inspired a wave of public and celebrity support for her conservatorship to end.
“The film is an unflinching depiction of the ruthless victimisation of Spears,” we wrote in our review.
A lot has happened since then, with Britney now having testified publicly in court to her situation and been granted the ability to have her own lawyer to fight on her behalf. This week, the next step will be decided in the petition to terminate the conservatorship altogether.
In a confidential report in 2016, Britney Spears told a court investigator that her conservatorship had become “an oppressive and controlling tool against her.” But how the conservatorship has controlled her life has never been revealed. Controlling Britney Spears, filmed since this summer’s events, paints a portrait of the intense surveillance apparatus that monitored every move the pop star made. The film features exclusive interviews with insiders who had intimate knowledge of her life inside the conservatorship.
The film is produced by The New York Times and Left/Right, a Red Arrow company. Samantha Stark directs and Liz Day is the Supervising Producer. Sophie Judge acquired the title on behalf of Sky.
It will air on Sky Documentaries at 9pm on Monday 27th September and is already available on-demand for both Sky and NOW customers.