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Should Louis Theroux be worried? What a Scientology ‘documentary’ actually looks like
In the meantime, Theroux needs to differentiate his film from Going Clear and build excitement for it. His decision to tweet about Scientology making a documentary about him was pretty brilliant. It got a huge amount of press around the world, and seemed to get people very excited.
But we had another reaction: When doesn’t Scientology make a “documentary” about the people who do exposés about the church, at least in recent years?
It would actually be pretty unusual for Scientology not to film something about Theroux, given the effort he’s put into his project in recent months.
So what can Theroux expect? Well, let’s take a look at the historical record. It turns out that Scientology counter-documentaries have a pretty predictable look and feel, and narrative style — we’re not sure what to call it, except perhaps “smeary.”