Taylor Swift’s new documentary with Netflix Originals is premiering at Sundance Film Festival next January.
2020 is for the Swifties! Pop icon and 2014 Wonderland cover star Taylor Swift is taking a note out of Gaga’s book after formally announcing her new documentary Taylor Swift: Miss Americana, a Netflix Original feature about the singers’ life in the public eye over the last few years. The documentary name lends itself from a track on Swift’s latest candy-coloured album, Lover, and is set to debut at the Sundance Film Festival next year in January.
Directed by Emmy winner Lana Wilson and produced by Academy Award winner Morgan Nevill, the documentary will give fans an incredibly revealing look inside of the singers’ life as “she learns to embrace her role not only as a songwriter and performer, but as a woman harnessing the full power of her voice.”
And what a tumultuous few years it’s been for Swift. Releasing several wildly successful albums, going on even more record-breaking world tours, or even removing her entire discography from lead streaming service Spotify to advocate better pay for all the artists involved with the platform, the documentary is sure to have plenty of material to work with.
This year Swift released her seventh album Lover to critical acclaim, in addition to publically voicing concerns over the rights to her recording catalogue after it was sold by Big Machine Records executive Scott Borchetta to Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun without her prior knowledge. Swift wrote Braun an open letter on Tumblr about the situation, prompting a back-and-forth between the two that Justin Bieber even joined in on.
The controversy even threatened to scupper Swift’s performance at the American Music Awards last month, where she performed a medley of her greatest pop bangers after being honoured with the Icon award. “Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun have now said that I’m not allowed to perform my old songs on television because they claim that would be re-recording my music before I’m allowed to next year,” shared Swift before the performance in a public letter.
“Netflix has created a documentary about my life for the past few years,” she wrote. “Scott and Scooter have declined the use of my older music or performance footage for this project, even though there is no mention of either of them or Big Machine Records anywhere in the film. Scott Borchetta told my team that they’ll allow me to use my music only if I do these things: If I agree to not re-record copycat versions of my songs next year (which is something I’m both legally allowed to do and looking forward to) and also told my team that I need to stop talking about him and Scooter Braun.”
Not much else has been shared about the project, although fans will rejoice to know that Swift is allowed to use her old music in the production. We can only expect drama, good tunes and some heart-warming moments with her cats.