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Louis Theroux' Scientology documentary to premiere

Discussion in 'Movies, Plays, and Documentaries about Scientology' started by Smurf, Sep 1, 2015.

  1. Smurf

    Smurf Gold Meritorious SP

  2. Leland

    Leland Crusader

  3. strativarius

    strativarius Inveterate gnashnab & snoutband

    In 2011, Michael Duggan, a young black man, died 'at the hands of the Metropolitan Police', an event that sparked rioting in North London at the time. That is what the film 'The Hard Stop' is about.
  4. Leland

    Leland Crusader

    Oh, thanks Strat.

    So nothing to do with his current new film...."my scientology story"

    Any idea what aspect of the cult of hubbard, his current film addresses?
  5. strativarius

    strativarius Inveterate gnashnab & snoutband

    You're welcome

    No, it's just a separate item on Smurf's video.

    Nope... sorry.
  6. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter

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  9. oneonewasaracecar

    oneonewasaracecar Gold Meritorious Patron

    This is going to be epic. Louis Theroux is the perfect combination of funny and incisive.
  10. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter

    Broadcast: Louis Theroux Scientology doc lands theatrical release

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    Louis Theroux’s first theatrical feature documentary, My Scientology Movie, is to launch at this year’s London Film Festival.

    The documentary is backed by BBC Films and BBC Worldwide and will premiere on 14 October.

    The film is produced by Oscar-winner Simon Chinn through his indie Red Box Films, which is a sister company to Channel 4-backed indie Lightbox. Chinn previously produced Man on Wire and Searching for Sugar Man. It is directed by John Dower.

    The film will follow Theroux as he explores the Church of Scientology and attempt to enter the Church’s headquarters in Los Angeles. Inspired by the Church’s use of filming techniques, and aided by ex-members of the organisation, it will dramatise incidents experienced by those who have left the religion.

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  11. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter

    East Grinstead Online: Louis Theroux’s “My Scientology Movie” to premier on 14 October

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    But in the making of the movie Theroux found himself targeted by Scientologists keen to make their own film about him.

    In one incident Theroux and former high-ranking Scientologist Mark “Marty” Rathbun were ambushed by two older Scientologists carrying handheld cameras as they left a Hollywood studio.

    The BBC brochure about the documentary says “Louis Theroux is making a movie about the Church of Scientology and, it turns out, the Church of Scientology is also making a movie about Louis Theroux.”

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  12. Free to shine

    Free to shine Shiny & Free
  13. Karen#1

    Karen#1 Gold Meritorious Patron

  14. Jump

    Jump Operating teatime

    From the link:

    Louis is about 1/4 way into the onion.

    But still, I gots to see this movie :dancer:
  15. Boson Wog Stark

    Boson Wog Stark Patron Meritorious

    Whereas Theroux says that in many cases critics of Scientology have become as Manichean -- reducing a group or set of ideas to good or evil -- as Scientologists themselves, I don't see that as much and what I do see of it, it's often needed.

    The general public has a problem grasping "what is Scientology?" So if critics always adopt a very open attitude or one like journalists usually do, then people will not even notice what is bad about Scientology. Instead, they will just buy into Scientology's line: that you have to become one yourself to understand it and otherwise it is beyond criticism or scrutiny. Never mind that if you become one and criticize anything, you become an SP.

    I look forward to the good-quality reenactments of incidents with Miscavige. The Master had some fictionalized reenactments, but Phoenix's character was much different from Miscavige. If they are well done, they could go a long way in stimulating and informing the public as to what is wrong with Scientology.

    Scientology will be useless in making their plaintive cries that they were not invited to control the content of the movie and everyone who participated in it, because Theroux's film will expose just exactly what their reaction was.

    He also points out in his article the absence of any Scientology who will likely speak about it to the media or public, after Tommy "Xenu" Davis ditched his billion-year contract as spokeshole and Sea Org member.
  16. Free to shine

    Free to shine Shiny & Free

    Overall great article but this last sentence bothers me somewhat. :ohmy:

  17. strativarius

    strativarius Inveterate gnashnab & snoutband

    Yes, me too. Having read the Grauniad (sorry, 'in-joke', the Guardian is famous - or was, in it's pre-spellcheck typesetting days, for it's typo's) article, let's not get too excited at the prospect of watching the corruscating attack on an evil cult most of us would probably like to see.

    And let's not forget that Theroux is a never-in and will therefore never quite grock what being a fully-paid-up scientologist actually means.

    I hope I'm wrong, I really do, but I think some of us might feel a little let down once we've seen this film.
  18. Churchill

    Churchill Gold Meritorious Patron

    Theroux's otherwise excellent essay ends on a discordant note. After describing several key aspects which clearly argue that Scientology is uniquely different from a Judeo-Christian ethos,
    he seems to, at the last moment, upend his entire argument by concluding that "Scientology (is) not so different from other religions." How disappointing that he came so far, only to reach
    an incorrect conclusion.

    Sorry, but this is the problem I have with with those "Orthodox Secularists" like Theroux who view all religions with disdain and pronounce a pox upon all houses.

    I want to see his movie, hoping that I'm wrong.

    But that last paragraph of his, I'm sorry to say, gives the wrong take-away.
  19. Boson Wog Stark

    Boson Wog Stark Patron Meritorious

    "But I also see Scientology as not so different from other religions: a set of beliefs and practices that, at their very heart, are mysterious and have to be taken on faith – and which, for that reason, can be life-giving and offer people hope in ways that reasoning and logic cannot."

    Yeah, unfortunately it leans on the misconception that reason and logic can't offer people hope and be life-giving and used with compassion.
  20. degraded being

    degraded being Sponsor


    Reading the article and the approach taken, with acting out scenes, sounds like it could be a fabulous documentary.

    But I agree with this comment at the bottom of the article:

    "johnny5eyes 5m ago

    While some people may have found some solace in some of Scientology's more fluffy 'self help' aspects. I'm afraid Louis is being far too fair here. There is nothing admirable about it, it turns people into brainwashed morons, whilst fleecing them left right and centre . It is nothing but sinister."

    If Louis is being quoted correctly in that article his fluffiness makes me ill.
    Does he really believe that crap? It seems not, because he uses that approach to set other groups up for public inspection. It's a kind of entrapment. Is he really saying he is The Touchy Feely Whistleblower, or is he trying to blow smoke up somebody's arse?

    "Dear scientology/OSA
    I am going to kick you in the head.
    I am a SNAG, and in a my own engaging, slightly eccentric way, I like you. I am sure that makes you happy. I am going to piss on your parishioners too. Wish they had of spoken to me. Y' know I kinda like them.

    ARC Louis.

    I hope the doco works for the misguided anti-scientologists.