Erin Lee Carr discloses the project's initial purpose in the first minutes of her new Netflix documentary, Britney vs. Spears. Jenny Eliscu (a writer, radio personality, and former Rolling Stone contributing editor) and she started working on a film about Britney Spears two years ago. “Can someone say wow to those dance moves? The movie was going to be about her artistry and her media portrayal. However, the narrative was also about power and control, and it was rife with conspiracy theories and rumors. No one was willing to speak. Until they finally did.”
At this point in the whirlwind that is Britney Spears' life and conservatorship — a point that has resulted in a backlog of projects from The New York Times Presents: Britney Spears — Finding out who is talking now and what new information they have to offer has become a spectator sport. From FX and Hulu's Controlling Britney Spears to CNN's Toxic: Britney Spears' Battle for Freedom on the eve of a pivotal court hearing — finding out who is talking now and what new information they have to offer has become a spectator sport. Last week, Netflix launched the documentary, promising "a comprehensive depiction of the pop star's progression from girl next door to lady bound by fame and family and her own legal status," as well as the release of confidential documents, texts, a voicemail, and new interviews with important individuals.
Now that Britney vs Spears is available on Netflix, it can be argued that the 90-minute documentary meets all of these criteria. Carr and Eliscu go into petitions, letters, and medical records, as well as text messages supposedly sent by Britney, and question people like Sam Lutfi, Adnan Ghalib, and Felicia Culotta, who were once Britney confidantes. In addition, the film features writer Lorilee Craker, who collaborated on the memoir Through the Storm with her mother Lynne Spears; attorney Adam Streisand, whom Britney attempted to hire during her conservatorship; geriatric psychiatrist Dr. James Edward Spar, who may or may not have evaluated Britney; and geriatric psychiatrist Dr. James Edward Spar, who may or may not have evaluated Britney; Mark Vincent Kaplan, who represents Britney's ex-husband Kevin Federline; former backup dancer Tania Baron; probate conservatorship attorney Tony Chicotel; Britney's onetime business manager Howard Grossman; private investigator John Nazarian, who was hired by Britney's legal team in 2007; and cinematographer-turned-close friend Andrew Gallery, who worked alongside the pop star on MTV's For the Record.
Britney vs. Spears is now streaming on Netflix.