"Going Clear" showing on Sky Atlantic tomorrow sept 21.

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From the Independent in Ireland.

The film Scientologists didn't want you to see...

http://www.independent.ie/life/the-film-scientologists-didnt-want-you-to-see-31535823.html

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Six months, 160 lawyers, and a full-page ad in the New York Times later, Sky Atlantic are finally airing Alex Gibney's controversial documentary, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief.

The two-hour long film, based on Lawrence Wright's book of the same name, traces the origins of Scientology all the way back to its founder, L Ron Hubbard, in the 1950s. Gibney, an Oscar-winning film-maker who brought us Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, and The Armstrong Lie, interviews eight ex-Scientologists for Going Clear, including film-maker Paul Haggis, and one-time John Travolta confidante Spanky Taylor.

Initially aired on HBO in the US in March, Sky Atlantic, which owns theatrical rights to Going Clear, was expected to air it a day later. But the film never appeared on its schedule, with the explanation that an air date had yet to be "confirmed".

It was then widely reported that the film would receive a theatrical release in UK and Irish cinemas on June 26. Again, the film failed to screen at any cinema.

Speculation mounted that the Church of Scientology, which vehemently disputes all claims in the documentary as "entirely false", threatened legal action against any distributor that screened the film.

In April, the church said in a statement: "The Church of Scientology will be entitled to seek the protection of both UK and Irish libel laws in the event that any false or defamatory content in this film is broadcast within these jurisdictions." In June, Screen Daily reported that UK lawyers acting on behalf of the church had contacted at least one distributor and warned of potential copyright infringement.

Sky told Review they "cannot comment on any threats made against other parties".

In its efforts to rubbish Gibney's and former members' claims, in January of this year the church took out a full-page ad in the New York Times, with the tagline 'Is Alex Gibney's Upcoming HBO "Documentary" a Rolling Stone/UVA Redux?' - referring to the retracted Rolling Stone article which alleged a gang rape occurred at the University of Virginia - and sent a five-page letter to the Hollywood Reporter outlining everything it claims was a "falsehood".

Speaking last week, Gibney said: "We were flooded with a Niagara Falls of legal letters and legal threats, none of which were made real. No lawsuits prevailed."

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Terril park

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The UK Times, Guardian and Telegraph have said the documentary
is "unmissable" or similar. They are the highbrow end of UK media
as opposed to gossip rags.
 

ThetanExterior

Gold Meritorious Patron
In the Sun newspaper TV mag it was "Pick Of The Day".

I watched it last night and recorded it (legally).

I'd already seen it on youtube but watching it again I was still impressed with how much important information it contained and yet there is still so much to tell!
 

vumba

Danielle Chamberlin
I watched this last night, and finished it off this evening. I suppose to the majority of us, there wasn't anything new, but it was well put together and showed how very weird everything has become! Seeing Hana Eltringham did take me back to her carrying out LRH's orders to lock me up in the chain locker when I was a kid of 11 years old for three days and nights. It also reminded me of being one of the first guinea pigs on the RPF, then the RPF's RPF at the same time.

One thing that did come out of it for me is how much I miss the friends I left behind. Are there any groups who meet up, just to socialise and have fun? I am not interested in joining a group who just spends the whole time talking about Scn., but it would be great to socialise with people who share the same or similar history. If anyone can point me in the right direction, I would love to know please?
 

Jump

Operating teatime


From http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/oct/02/scientology-film-going-clear-sky-documentary

Scientology film Going Clear is Sky's most-watched documentary since 2012

Sky Atlantic’s broadcast of an Emmy-winning film about Scientology was the most-watched documentary on the channel in three years, despite facing legal threats and a social media campaign designed to discredit it.

Going Clear: Scientology and The Prison of Belief, broadcast on 21 September, attracted an average audience of 243,000 including catchup viewing, with a peak of 313,000 viewers. The figures made the Sky co-production the most popular documentary on the channel since 2012’s Bradley Wiggins: A Year in Yellow.

Sky head of non-scripted commissioning, Celia Taylor, who was also executive producer on the documentary, said: “As co-producers as well as the broadcaster of Going Clear, we’re very pleased it’s been such as hit with critics and and Sky customers alike.

 

JustSheila

Crusader
Terril,

Would you hook up vumba with the fully out exes in the UK, staying clear of the Indies and any others still doing scn?

I'm sure you can. It would be a nice thing to do, if you would.

I watched this last night, and finished it off this evening. I suppose to the majority of us, there wasn't anything new, but it was well put together and showed how very weird everything has become! Seeing Hana Eltringham did take me back to her carrying out LRH's orders to lock me up in the chain locker when I was a kid of 11 years old for three days and nights. It also reminded me of being one of the first guinea pigs on the RPF, then the RPF's RPF at the same time.

One thing that did come out of it for me is how much I miss the friends I left behind. Are there any groups who meet up, just to socialise and have fun? I am not interested in joining a group who just spends the whole time talking about Scn., but it would be great to socialise with people who share the same or similar history. If anyone can point me in the right direction, I would love to know please?
 

Terril park

Sponsor
Terril,

Would you hook up vumba with the fully out exes in the UK, staying clear of the Indies and any others still doing scn?

I'm sure you can. It would be a nice thing to do, if you would.

Unfortunately anons have given up regular protests, that would have been fun.
Also she's missed Tony O's appeareances here. I don't think there is any group meetings,
but could introduce her to individuals. S/he is welcome to come for a beer or coffee with me.
You don't say where she is. She can call me in London at 0208 864 4940.

PS. Going Clear is playing again on Sky Atlantic tonight.
 
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