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My Scientology Movie

  • Documentary and factual
  • News and current affairs
  • 2015
  • John Dower
  • 95 mins
  • 15

Summary

In John Dower's documentary, investigative journalist Louis Theroux tries to shine a light on the secretive organisation, mostly by robust questioning of the church's former officials.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Arriving hot on the heels of Alex Gibney's Going Clear, John Dower and Louis Theroux's exposé of Scientology feels a little lightweight and secondhand. Its gambit is to use the testimony of former high-ranking members of the church to poke fun at its leader, David Miscavige, and its best-known disciple, Tom Cruise. With the impertinent style he borrowed from iconoclastic documentarist Nick Broomfield, Theroux goads Marty Rathbun, the onetime Inspector General of Scientology's Religious Technology Center, into revealing what he knows about the violence allegedly committed by Miscavige and his use of the Sea Org disciplinary unit. In between occasionally tetchy confessional sessions with Rathbun, Theroux holds casting sessions to find Cruise and Miscavige lookalikes and drives out to the church's Gold Base headquarters in California, where he twice locks horns with hectoring senior official Catherine Fraser, who was once married to ex-PR chief Jeff Hawkins, another disgruntled "apostate", who guides Theroux through some of the religion's more peculiar practices. But, while the instances of "squirrel-busting" and intimidation by counter-surveillance are unsettling and Theroux clearly gets under Miscavige's skin, he offers few fresh insights into Scientology or its methodologies.

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Credits

Cast

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Louis TherouxLouis Theroux
David MiscavigeAndrew Perez
Tom CruiseRob Alter

Crew

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DirectorJohn Dower

Details

Theatrical distributor
Altitude
Released on
2016-10-07
Languages
English
Guidance
Swearing.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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