Louis Theroux: My Scientology Movie

For his cinematic debut, Louis Theroux, director John Dower and two-time Academy Award-winning producer, Simon Chinn (Searching for Sugar Man, Man on Wire) venture inside the famously mysterious Church of Scientology.

Art Screening previously on at ACMI - Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Victoria, Australia.
From Thursday 08 September 2016 to Wednesday 21 September 2016

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Following a long fascination with the famed ‘Hollywood’ religion, and a lot of experience dealing with eccentric human behaviour, the incomparable British broadcaster Louis Theroux won’t take no for an answer when his request to enter the Church of Scientology’s Los Angeles headquarters is denied.

Louis Theroux’s insatiable curiosity motivates him to understand what life inside the Church is really like. However with no official access and a raft of Scientology spies tracking his every move, Theroux turns to the public record (interviews, court documents) to investigate the Church. Working alongside former second-in-command at the Church, Mark ‘Marty’ Rathbun My Scientology Movie employs actors to replay incidents with high profile members such as Tom Cruise and leader David Miscavige.

Suffused with a good dose of humour and moments worthy of a Hollywood script, Louis Theroux: My Scientology Movie is a fascinating take on the documentary genre and proves that what people do in the name of religion can be truly stranger than fiction.

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