Netflix’s new documentary Britney Spears reveals many shocking facts – including a call for help from the star that no one has heard.
Yes, another Britney Spears documentary. Netflix today announced its entry into the growing documentary catalog that examines the guarding of pop star Britney vs. Spears — but it allows for a fascinating look at what is fast becoming a crowded market.
In the 90-minute film, journalist Jenny Alisco and filmmaker Erin Lee Carr are investigating Brittany’s struggle for freedom from the conservatory to which she has lived for the past 13 years.
The events of recent years have been well documented — Brittany’s sudden retirement from music, her explosive court testimony at a June hearing on her preservation — so the film is best when it examines lesser-known elements in her story.
Britney’s ex – paparazzo speaks
In a bizarre start to the relationship, Britney began dating paparazzi photographer Adnan Gallib in late 2007 when he was one of the crowd of photographers tasked with chasing her daily for photos.
But there was a fluctuating relationship between them – a docu-interviewer, Adnan remembers staying with Britney for three days at a time, did not want to leave her or go to bed because “if anything happens to her, he will blame me”. He says she then took the drug from the Adrel prescription.
“What was clear to me in her divorce from Quinn (Federline) was that she did not have a single person she could trust – not her mother, father, sister. It is a very scary and dark place to be,” he says.
Britney’s darkest night
One horrible night in January 2008, Brittany locked herself in her room and refused to hand over her two young children to their father Kevin Federline at a court time. The chaos that has been created is still shocking to witness — but we can attest that we are well documented. Dozens of photographers collide with an ambulance that takes Britney, chasing him down the street and holding doors in an attempt to photograph. It’s like watching a zombie movie.
A strange reason for conservatism
The court documents appearing in the docu show the reason given for Brittany’s controversial custody arrangement: “orders relating to the placement of dementia.”
As the filmmakers point out, it was extremely unusual for them to record “dementia” for guards in their 20s – or for someone who kept working, touring the world and releasing albums.
“Something I do not believe has been properly described is the level of crisis when the guard began,” says Britney biographer Laurelie Cracker.
The crisis? Sam Lofty, her manager and therapist at the time. Cracker claims that he “crushes drugs, puts them in her food and brags about it” – a claim that Lofty, who was also interviewed by Doku, vehemently denies. “I was the damn perfect goat to do it (conservatism),” he says.
Britney’s heartbreaking secret letter
Less than a year after its preservation, Brittany wrote an open letter about her condition that she gave to friend and documentary film Andrew Gallery, with a request to make it public.
“This year Britney stopped talking about everything that was really going on. The people who control her life earned $ 3 million this year. “She will be happy for new eyes to see her condition, but if she brings it up she is constantly threatening that the guards will take her children,” Britney writes.
“So how long does it last? As long as people pay and she has no rights it can go on for a while, but that doesn’t make it right at all.”
“Britney gave his brother a $ 2 million apartment, her Louisiana estate and her father the best job in the show business. She is a very giving person and will be happy to get the respect she deserves.”
The gallery says such suggestions to make her story happen “often” during his friendship with her – she will also try to use his phone to connect with people.
He said a “huge fire alarm” was activated within the conservatism when they learned of the letter. He stopped working or hanging out with her shortly thereafter. “Britney met a bunch of my friends, she came into my life … it was sad to think she would be alone again,” he says.
Conservatism ‘In Chaos’
In 2012, Britney had a new fiancé, talent agent Jason Trawick. He starred in the clip for her song criminal And Brittany asked to add him as a guard for her along with her father. Documents from this period show that conservatism was “in chaos” – Britney signed a multi-million dollar deal to judge The X Factor. The medical staff who evaluated her for conservatism warned about the role, but Britney’s management pushed back.
One “bomb” that the filmmakers are revealing from this period – a time when most fans thought Britney was back in control of her career: Brittany started getting a different dose of “stimulant” drugs every day, depending on whether she was filming X Factor or not.
As befits one who has been silenced for so many years, it is Britney’s voice that brings the emotional climax Brittany against. Spears: Her scorching court testimony from June closes the film, with Britney Spears furious, wording demanding justice and begging the court to make a change in her situation.
This change is likely to come very soon – her next guard hearing is scheduled for September 29, the day after the film’s release.