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$32 million and counting: What’s behind the pop star documentary boom? – Sydney Morning Herald

The price that Apple reportedly paid for Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry proves the astounding current demand for pop star docos.

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While cinema verite classics like D.A. Pennebakers Dont Look Back (1967), the Maysles brothers Gimme Shelter (1970), and Alek Keshishians In Bed With Madonna (1991) once defined film school curriculums on the genre, the trend surged in the past decade following hit releases including Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (2011) and Katy Perry: Part of Me (2012) which offered fly-on-the-wall peeks into pop star realities.
The genre has exploded. Lady Gaga has one (Gaga: Five Foot Two; 2017). Taylor Swift…

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