Have your emotions about Britney developed in any respect since engaged on the movie?
I used to be at all times a fan of Britney, however now that I’ve watched I can’t even inform you the way a lot Britney Spears footage, there’s one thing the place you’re engaged on a documentary and you start to really feel like your topic is an individual in your life. For the final two and a half years, I’m positive the number-one phrase that I used was “Britney.” I started to dream of Britney, that we might meet on buses, and he or she would inform me issues. It began to develop into bizarre how a lot I used to be dreaming about her, however then I simply form of stated, you realize what, that is what I’m eager about more often than not, and it is sensible that my mind goes to attempt to deconstruct it, proper?
Do you assume the Britney case has moved the needle when it comes to how we speak about incapacity rights and the rights of individuals beneath conservatorship?
Expensive Lord, I hope so. Proper? I imply, [given] the sheer quantity of protection—of which I’m a participant—there needs to be an even bigger purpose than gazing into the fishbowl. It needs to be about, how can we take into consideration psychological well being? What does it imply to care for someone? For me, it was additionally form of a case research in analyzing the patriarchy, when it comes to how Britney was handled when psychological well being [issues] began occurring, which occurs to so many individuals, as I’m positive you realize. What does it imply to be a robust lady and persistently have your voice silenced by everybody round you? She will’t make even these tiny selections, like we present within the movie; if she needed to exit to a restaurant and get hamburgers, she needed to name and ask her dad for permission. Now we have misplaced the plot, if that’s the state of affairs.
Are there different pop-cultural figures like Britney who you assume are overdue for a collective reexamination?
For me, largely, it’s people who find themselves feeling powerless, and feeling like different individuals of their lives have been making selections for them. I do need us to attempt to look extra empathically at girls who’re within the limelight; it’s not at all times about, you realize, how skinny they obtained after giving beginning. Loads of these conversations are surrounding white girls, so how can we lengthen the dialog past [them]?
What has it been like watching individuals react to the movie?
Nicely, a majority of my movies have been true crime, so I really feel extremely engaged with audiences. I’ve gotten a whole bunch of messages about individuals crying at many factors in the course of the movie. I believe I’m doubtlessly too concerned in, like, the Twitter of all of it, however it’s enjoyable to form of work together.
This dialog has been edited and condensed.