As reported on BBC News Billie Eilish’s documentary The World’s A Little Blurry finally landed.
The documentary centres on Billie as a 17-year-old, a year into which she packs what would fill two lifetimes for most people.
She never stops: writing, touring, singing, practising, working, working, working on her album with Finneas.
They tour Europe (with mum as a constant chaperone, which leads to some memorable scenes). Billie gets injured, she mentions having Tourette’s syndrome; she falls in love.
She tells us how she once dreamt truly, madly, deeply about Justin Bieber, and now guess what? He’s facetiming her!
Billie certainly impresses, with BBC’s Will Gompertz celebrating the candid nature of the documentary.
There is a foreboding sense in this film of we’ve seen all this before, it is Act One of a three-act story.
You can’t help but think of the recently released Britney Spears documentary, she was a talented teenager who had a lot of parental input but whose life and mental health suffered under the pressure of fame and expectation.
Turning a person into a product works for just about everybody except for the artist. It is the epitome of a Faustian pact, with an important exception: it is rarely the teenage prodigy who does the deal.
Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry is a refreshingly candid, intelligent documentary, if a little a long, which leaves you wondering if a life of relentless celebrity and trying to please everybody but yourself is actually a good plan.
You wonder exactly whose dream is coming true?
I found it sad rather than uplifting, but the music is exceptional and so is the woman making it.