My Scientology Movie written by Louis Theroux

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    My Scientology Movie, directed by John Dower, written by John Dower and Louis Theroux. (U.K.) – International Premiere, Documentary. BBC journalist Louis Theroux joins forces with director John Dower to explore the elusive Church of Scientology. With the help of a former high-ranking Scientologist, Theroux sets out to understand the furtive goings-on of the Church, armed with his irreverent humor and biting irony.

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    What a terrific feat! :thumbsup:
    I wish I were back living in NYC so I could enjoy one of those premier showings.
     
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    My Scientology Movie: Watch an exclusive clip from the Tribeca doc

    My Scientology Movie: Watch an exclusive clip from the Tribeca doc

    Entertainment Weekly: My Scientology Movie: Watch an exclusive clip from the Tribeca doc

    http://www.ew.com/article/2016/04/06/tribeca-louis-theroux-scientology

    Video at link.

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    My Scientology Movie

    Posted April 6 2016 — 10:31 AM EDT

    With the screening-at-Tribeca documentary My Scientology Movie, British documentarian and TV personality Louis Theroux fulfils a longheld dream by making a film about the titular organization.

    “More than 10 years ago, I approached the church to see if they might let me in to make a documentary,” says Theroux in a statement. “I thought I might be able to bring a sense of nuance and perspective to people’s understanding of a faith that has been much ridiculed. Just as I have done with other non-mainstream stories, I hoped to see it from the inside and make a human connection with its clerics and congregants. But I was repeatedly turned down.”

    Eventually, Theroux teamed with director John Dower and the pair set about detailing the story of the church using re-enactments of real events.

    “In the course of making my film I came to believe I was being tailed by private investigators, someone in Clearwater, Florida (Scientology’s spiritual mecca) attempted to hack my emails, we were filmed covertly, I also had the police called on me more than once, not to mention a blizzard of legal letters from Scientology lawyers,” says Theroux. “And yet, at every step I remained open to Scientology’s good points and tried to see it for what it is: a system of belief that is not so different from other religions, capable of enlarging the soul as well as crushing the spirit.”

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    Louis Theroux Is Creepily Harassed By Scientologists In New Doco Teaser

    Louis Theroux Is Creepily Harassed By Scientologists In New Doco Teaser | Pedestrian TV

    http://www.pedestrian.tv/news/enter...ogis/f84d06be-d55e-43b0-b9a2-13cd38aeee1d.htm

    The new teaser for Louis Theroux's Scientology movie is tense and infuriating
    | SBS Movies

    The new clip illustrates the difficulties Theroux faced while filming "My Scientology Movie" as they attempt to block him from accessing the Sea Org, despite having a permit to do so.


    http://www.sbs.com.au/movies/articl...rouxs-scientology-movie-tense-and-infuriating


    HT - The Wrong Guy on WWP: https://whyweprotest.net/threads/op...tology-documentary.116782/page-5#post-2578727
     
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    My Scientology Movie: Watch the first clip from Louis Theroux's documentary

    My Scientology Movie: Watch the first clip from Louis Theroux's documentary.

    Independent: My Scientology Movie: Watch the first clip from Louis Theroux's documentary

    http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-e...from-louis-therouxs-documentary-a6972596.html

    Video at link.

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    Although Louis Theroux’s My Scientology Movie debuted at the London Film Festival last year, no footage from the project has appeared online, nor has it received a wide release.

    Thanks to the documentary showing at the Tribeca Film Festival, a clip has finally emerged online and in it, Theroux meets a fairly disruptive member of the Church.

    “You’re trespassing,” implores Catherine the Scientologist, “Are you so stupid you cannot see the sign that says road closed? Is there anything you don’t understand about this? Closed? Do you know what a road is?”

    Theroux attempts to show he has a permit to be there, but to no avail as she enters her car, leaving just one man outside the vehicle filming the BBC journalist.

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  10. I told you I was trouble

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    It's good to see that scientologists are still being trained to behave like snarling, menacing, ferals whenever someone looks at one of them sideways.

    It's always been such an attractive look and will definitely assist them in gaining some positive PR.




    :lol::lol::lol:
     
  11. lotus

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    25 years - 100 hours\week of intensive training

    To know the knowledge of knowing how to protect your religion from dangerous lying bigots

    :confused2:
     
  12. Free to shine

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    The good thing is people seeing this. Usually it's a hidden thing that so many suffer and can't fight against. How many of us have been treated like this?
     
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  14. TheOriginalBigBlue

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    At the end of the video Bryan says:

    “You know where their..their..their income is siphoned through to avoid paying taxes in the UK…Adelaide, South Australia. The whole of Scientology in UK and Europe run through a charity in Adelaide in South Australia to avoid paying taxes.”
     
  15. Jump

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    That charity is COSRECI the so called church of scientology religious education college . It's only member is the UK and European $cientology interests. Total scamolla


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    Re: My Scientology Movie written by Louis Theroux to show at Tribeca Film Festival

    Wall Street Journal: Tribeca Festival: Films to Catch The First Week

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-look-at-tribeca-film-festival-selections-1460575674

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    By STEVE DOLLAR

    Updated April 13, 2016 6:13 p.m. ET

    Week one of the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival begins in earnest today, with screenings at a variety of downtown venues. There are 102 features in the lineup, ranging from documentary to independent and foreign-language films to all-star Hollywood attractions. Below, a look at some promising selections. See tribecafilm.com/filmguide for screening times.

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    ‘My Scientology Movie’

    British TV provocateur Louis Theroux stars in “My Scientology Movie,” in which Marty Rathbun, a former top member of the church, leads dramatic reconstructions of disturbing events—played by a cast of anonymous actors, including a would-be Tom Cruise. Things get awkwardly meta and meltdowns ensue when presumed Scientologists begin following Mr. Theroux around with their own cameras.

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    BWW Review: MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE to Wow Tribeca Film Festival

    BWW Review: MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE to Wow Tribeca Film Festival.

    Broadway World: BWW Review: MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE to Wow Tribeca Film Festival

    http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwtv/...-MOVIE-to-Wow-Tribeca-Film-Festival-20160414#

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    The story's told compellingly, with Theroux, seeking understanding, actually casting actors - the casting efforts are shown - to play Miscavige and Scientology's most famous member, Tom Cruise, to act out scenes described by the former Church leaders, including former Church Inspector General and public Scientology critic Marty Rathbun. The scenes not only depict vividly stories that have been told as anecdotes in the past, but allow Theroux to question his interviewees, such as Rathbun and Tom De Vocht, about their recollections of these experiences and the accuracy of memories. Actor Steven Mango, who has filmed his own testimonial near-documentary of his life in Scientology also appears, adding some real poignancy: he explains that he joined the Church because of ads carefully placed in Hollywood trade magazines suggesting that actors would get better breaks - and achieve Tom Cruise's success -- from attending certain seminars, while we see actors from a casting call auditioning to "become" Miscavige and Cruise on screen.

    As word gets out during filming of Theroux' BBC documentary that it is taking place, we see live footage of Scientology reactions: their famed letters from attorneys, the emergence of private detectives tailing Theroux and company, groups of Scientologists harassing Theroux and Rathbun on the street, public access roads to Scientology's Gold Base headquarters being blocked, Scientology staff attempting to sic police on Theroux and his cameramen. It's an ugly, confrontational picture at these moments, handled splendidly by Theroux' calm and his backbone. When filmed by Scientologists seeking to harass, Theroux simply films back, and you're likely to cheer at the sight of harassers backing down and backing away at his cameraman pacing quietly towards them.

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    It's a wildly fascinating film. While little is revealed of, say, Scientology "church services" or seminar content, and while there's avoidance of the now publicly discussed stories of Xenu and the like as well as of celebrity departures from the Church, there's much presentation of something deeper: a religious organization whose public operations are a combination of recruitment hustle and of fear. The former members involved consider it a dangerous cult; if it's not, at least it shows itself as frightened of light shining upon it. When Theroux attempts, repeatedly, to hand-deliver a response to a letter from Scientology attorneys, the Church's security, administrative staff, shadowers with cameras, and calls to the police come out of the woodwork and simply don't stop, and they begin claiming that they're producing a documentary about Theroux. The portrait presented of the Church is unflattering but it feels true. And in an hour and a half, you'll feel much more educated about Scientology's behaviors, but longing for more revelation.

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    'My Scientology Movie' Filmmakers Were Confronted by Church Members During Shoot

    Tribeca: 'My Scientology Movie' Filmmakers Were Confronted by Church Members During Shoot.

    The Hollywood Reporter - Tribeca: 'My Scientology Movie' Filmmakers Were Confronted by Church Members During Shoot

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/tribeca-my-scientology-movie-filmmakers-884275

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    Tribeca: 'My Scientology Movie' Filmmakers Were Confronted by Church Members During Shoot

    1:22 PM PDT 4/15/2016 by Tatiana Siegel

    “They have a reputation for following you and filming you, but we honestly didn’t expect them to do what they did,” said John Dower of Scientologists who disrupted the production by turning their cameras on the filmmakers.

    Given the controversy unleashed by Alex Gibney’s Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, there’s every reason to expect sparks to fly at the April 17 international premiere of John Dower’s new documentary My Scientology Movie and its post-screening Q&A at the Tribeca Film Festival.

    “I’d love for someone from the church to come see it,” Dower told The Hollywood Reporter. “I don’t think any of them have seen it yet. You know, hold your judgment. You might be surprised.”

    The film follows Louis Theroux — a guerilla-style BBC journalist who has been dubbed Britain’s Michael Moore for taking viewers inside bizarre American subcultures like militias and the porn industry -- in his quest to understand the psyche behind the average Church of Scientology member.

    Theroux enlisted ex-members like former top-ranking Scientology exec Marty Rathbun to tell their stories. But he and Dower also needed people to stand in for leader David Miscavige and acolyte Tom Cruise, so actors were hired to portray them. While Dower was shooting footage in 2014, Scientolgists -- presumably tipped off by the audition call -- showed up and turned the cameras on Theroux and Dower.

    “They have a reputation for following you and filming you, but we honestly didn’t expect them to do what they did,” Dower said.“They said they were making a documentary about Louis, so it all started to get a bit strange. We were making a film about them and then they started making a film about us and tailing us and filming us. We’ve still not seen their film on us, but I’m intrigued to see it. I don’t know when they’ll release that. Maybe they’ll bring it out as the same time as the film in Tribeca.”

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    Nevertheless, that didn’t stop the harassment or the legal challenges. The film, produced by BBC Films and Simon Chinn's London-based Red Box Films, which has produced such docs as Man on Wire and Searching for Sugarman, had its world premiere at the London Film Festival in October. But because libel laws are stricter in the U.K. than in the U.S. (consider that the publication of the book Going Clear was held up for three years in the U.K. and was only just published last month), Dower had to walk a fine line to get the film past the BBC’s internal censors (the film is scheduled to air on the British network after a theatrical run).

    “We had to stand up our film much more [than Going Clear], and we had a much more lengthy process with the church. But it was encouraging that the London Film Festival put it out," Dower said.

    Still, the film's inclusion in the London fest prompted a letter from Scientology lawyers objecting to the way the film had been written up in the festival's brochure, a complaint that Dower found to be over the top given that the filmmakers had nothing to do with the wording.

    "This is probably the only film I’ve done at this level of litigiousness," said Dower, whose previous documentaries include The Last 48 Hours of Kurt Cobain and the boxing-themed Thrilla in Manila. "Scientology seems to threaten a lot, and then nothing ever really happens. You get these long, detailed letters in which they object to what you’re doing, and they’re very threatening but then nothing." He laughs, "I could regret saying that, I guess."

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    Louis Theroux’s Scientology Movie

    Louis Theroux’s Scientology Movie.

    Disinfo: Louis Theroux’s Scientology Movie

    http://disinfo.com/2016/04/louis-therouxs-scientology-movie/

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    For those of you unfamiliar with Louis Theroux, he’s the son of writer Paul Theroux and an accomplished television documentarian for the BBC. He’s one of those journalists who appears in his own films, a la Michael Moore, except far more polite and much skinnier. The conceit of My Scientology Movie is that he’s supposedly casting actors in Los Angeles to re-enact scenes featuring Scientology leader David Miscavage and main man Tom Cruise. His partner in most of this is ex-Scientologist Marty Rathbun, who is as much the star of the film as Theroux himself is. They manage to cast a remarkably good Miscavage, and the three of them feature heavily as Theroux engages with cult members who are trying to prevent the film (or at least that’s the implication).

    Theroux claims more than once that he’s interested in the teachings of Scientology, but he doesn’t actually do anything to uncover any of the positives of the organization, should there be any. The film certainly shows that the cult is a good client of English law firm Carter Ruck, self-described as “One of the UK’s best-known law firms.”

    The firm sends several letters to Mr. Theroux expressing the cult’s concerns over his association with Mr. Rathbun. The latter does a pretty good job of describing how cult-like some of Scientology’s methods are, but he’s not exactly sympathetic himself. If I was casting Marty, I’d want Bill Murray in his most on-the-edge persona. At one point Rathbun almost melts down after a confrontation with some Scientologists who confront him on camera, followed by Theroux asking him if the techniques used on him weren’t those he used himself as Scientology’s self-described Mr. Fixit. It’s ugly.

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  20. Free to shine

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    This is a really good article on Louis in the Sydney Morning Herald, with a short video. If you've ever wondered about how he views his own work, check it out.
    I hope I can get to see him when he gets here!

     

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