Miss Americana

Published January 31, 2020

Miss Americana

Film info

  • Title Miss Americana
  • Director Lana Wilson
  • Year 2020
  • Run time 1hr 25m
  • Genre Documentary
  • Tagline Beyond everything you think you know

In this revealing documentary, Taylor Swift embraces her role as a songwriter and performer - and as a woman harnessing the full power of her voice.

Live blog

0:35Never seen anyone do a piano duet with a cat before.
2:30“I. AM. HAPPY.”
5:28I had not anticipated we’d be seeing bods in this. Hooray for bods!
8:12Am I crazy that I didn’t know the Grammys were THIS important?
11:05“It’s gonna be 16 to 20 songs.” Nervous laughter. Yea, we could have shaved a few off there TayTay.
17:21FFS Kanye.
20:38Songs with no contemporary references. Huh. Apart from Polaroid, obviously.
22:50“Shouldn’t I have someone I could call right now?” Oh Taylor.
27:09OMG, Abigail is a real person, off of the songs and stuff!
28:12Baby = Tamagotchi.
31:15“There’s always some standard of beauty you’re not meeting.”
32:13“We’re not doing that anymore, we’re changing the channel in our brain.”
36:37Questioned Poppy podcasting in Beats but Taylor is recording in them so maybe that’s a thing now.
46:36“It’s not a small one.” Understatement of the century.
47:56The cat backpack is RIDICULOUS.
50:52Didn’t know about the Dixie Chicks stuff, jeez.
54:39The producer is wearing a Friends jumper and so I’m on board.
56:56“You don’t feel a sense of any victory when you win. Because the process is so dehumanising.”
1:03:42Who are these disgusting men telling Taylor what she should think and what she should say.
1:06:43So it’s not the end of the world, but where’s the dad to catch up on this? Nowhere. All the women being supportive.
1:10:54God, that women have to reinvent and men don’t. HOW have I not realised this before?
1:12:56Somehow understand her disappointment but also her expectations were high. Increasing voter turnout the way she did was still incredz. Her mum is right.
1:16:50It’s slightly amazing to me how much of albums is recorded in pyjamas.
1:21:40Might be the first time I’ve heard TayTay swear. Yea girl!


For a while now, I’ve been wanting to include documentaries on Film Watch. There have been just a couple in the long distant past but not for years, and there are so many good docs out there that I want to watch, this seems like the only way to get them checked off the list.

And what a way to start, with Taylor Swift’s honest and revealing behind the scenes look at a tumultuous time in her life. It’s a really eye-opening piece and touches on lots of different areas: politics, music, feminism, eating disorders, family, loneliness, relationships, the media, everything!

Love or hate Taylor, and I’m sure many people will hate this, she’s at least being honest here. And a few things were brought up during this film that totally blew my mind - that women are always reinventing themselves! The songwriting process! That men (not all men) are just the worst!

I was a fan anyway, but this has upped my respect for Taylor even more. And kicked off the documentary portion of Film Watch in style!

Rating: 5 / 5

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