In anticipation of Louis Theroux's first feature film 'My Scientology Movie' - out on Curzon Home Cinema from 24th October - this week we look back at Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney's incredible documentary on the religion, based on the book by Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright.
Gibney profiles eight former members of the Church of Scientology, whose most prominent adherents include A-list Hollywood celebrities, shining a light on how the church cultivates true believers, detailing their experiences and what they are willing to do in the name of religion.
This powerful film highlights the Church’s origins, from its roots in the mind of founder L. Ron Hubbard to its rise in popularity in Hollywood and beyond. The heart of the film is a series of shocking revelations by former insiders, including high-ranking and recognisable members such as acclaimed screenwriter Paul Haggis (‘Crash’), as they describe the systematic history of abuse and betrayal by Church officials, including the current leadership of the Church.
★★★★★ "Horribly compelling study of a creepy organisation" - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian