What Is ‘The New York Times Presents: Framing Britney Spears’ Documentary About and How To Watch It

Britney Spears is all many people can talk about recently, thanks to the documentary released regarding her conservatorship. Find out what to expect from The New York Times Presents: Framing Britney Spears and how to watch the documentary. 

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Britney Spears is under a conservatorship

The “…Baby One More Time” singer has been living under a court-sanctioned conservatorship since 2008. At the time, Spears was placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold, granting her father, James “Jamie” Spears, conservatorship. He took control of her $60 million fortune and Spears’ person. This means Spears’ father is in control of her finances, her estate, her assets, and her daily activities, living arrangements, and even her healthcare. Essentially, Spears is unable to make her own decisions without her father’s consent. 

The 39-year-old pop star’s fans have long been fighting for her freedom. Now, the world is getting a closer glimpse at the life Spear’s has been living for the last 13 years. 

What is the ‘Framing Britney Spears’ documentary about?

The New York Times released a documentary called Framing Britney Spears highlighting Spears’ rise to fame, her mental health, and the development of the fan-led #FreeBritney movement regarding her conservatorship. 

Framing Britney Spears is a 75-minute movie featuring interviews with insiders closest to her, including her former assistant Felicia Culotta and the lawyer Spears initially hired to work on her conservatorship case. The documentary also contains interviews with the marketing executive responsible for Spears’ image. The New York Times hopes the documentary will shed light on the pop star’s court battle with her father to control her estate.

Britney Spears is working on her own documentary 

According to Page Six, Spears is “quietly working on her own documentary about her life with a top female filmmaker.” In the mean time, she has seen parts of Framing Britney Spears and is grateful for the outpouring of love from her fans. 

“Britney finally feels like there is light at the end of a very long, dark tunnel,” a source close to Spears told the outlet. Spears has seen bits of the New York Times documentary, but certain scenes were “too hard and emotional for her to watch.” 

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“The scenes that describe the most difficult times of her life [were hard to watch],” the source revealed. “[As were the scenes involving] the relentless media circus and the harsh focus on her as a young mother. But she feels, for the first time in many years, that people are on her side and things will get better for her.” 

It’s unclear when Spears’ documentary will be completed. 

How to watch the ‘Framing Britney Spears’ documentary

Framing Britney Spears is part of The New York Times Presents documentary series. Spears’ story is the sixth episode in the series. Other episodes have detailed “The Killing of Breonna Taylor” and “The Teenager Who Hacked Twitter.” 

The FX network premiered Framing Britney Spears on Jan. 5, 2021 on FX and FX on Hulu. Now, viewers interested in watching The New York Times documentary will need a valid Hulu subscription. Framing Britney Spears can also be streamed through the FX website or on-demand, so long as your cable subscription includes that network.