Discovery NZ has announced the viral New York Times documentary Framing Britney Spears will be available to watch in New Zealand for free from Monday on ThreeNow.
Just over a week after its US release, the wildly popular investigation into the troubled pop star's rise to fame, public breakdown and restrictive conservatorship will hit Three's on-demand streaming service from midday on February 15.
Aotearoa will be one of the first countries to air the feature-length documentary outside of the US, where it is available on streaming service Hulu.
Framing Britney Spears examines the 'Toxic' singer's lengthy career and the various controversies that have dogged the 39-year-old mother-of-two over the years. It features interviews with lawyers, media executives and friends of Spears, including her former assistant Felicia Culotta.
The 75-minute feature comes amid the fan-led #FreeBritney movement, born out of concerns about the Grammy-winner's conservatorship, helmed by her father Jamie Spears.
The singer's sometimes erratic social media presence has fuelled rumours, with fans claiming Spears is secretly sending out SOS messages, exhibiting self-soothing behaviours and reading a script.
Both Spears and her boyfriend Sam Asghari have spoken out since the documentary aired in the US, albeit with very different messages. Asghari labelled Spears' father "a total dick" and said he had "zero respect for him". Meanwhile, Spears said she was "taking the time to learn to be a normal person" and warned against making assumptions about people in the spotlight, all without referencing the documentary by name.
The New York Times Presents: Framing Britney Spears will be available to stream in New Zealand exclusively on ThreeNow from 12pm on Monday February 15, 2021.