Altitude Boards ‘The Mystery Of Db Cooper’; UK’s Goldfinch Ent, Gsp Studios Merge – Afm

Altitude has come aboard to handle international sales on The Mystery Of Db Cooper, helmed by John Dower (My Scientology Movie, Live Forever, Thriller In Manila) and based on a true story. On November 24, 1971, a man calling himself Dan Cooper, wearing a black suit and raincoat, carrying only a briefcase, walked up to the Northwest Orient desk at Portland airport and bought a $20 one-way ticket to Seattle. Once on the plane he hands a note to a stewardess saying he has a…
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How to Film Scientology Without Getting Into Trouble: Lessons From Louis Theroux

How to Film Scientology Without Getting Into Trouble: Lessons From Louis Theroux
On a recent Sunday morning in London, BBC documentary host Louis Theroux was cooking pancakes for his children in his pajamas when local police came to his home to look into a reported threat on his life.

Then things got stranger. The police said they learned of the threat because the Church of Scientology had reached out to them … to pass along word of someone else purportedly out to harm Theroux.

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“Maybe, thanks to them, I was saved from having some deranged Louis Theroux-hater coming around and whacking me around the head,” said Theroux, whose latest documentary, “My Scientology Movie,” opens in theaters today. “I just thought, this is vaguely comical.”

A certain amount of strange behavior is to be expected when making a movie about Scientology. The organization is well known for
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'My Scientology Movie': Film Review

Taking a just-fresh-enough approach to justify another trip to the deep "Isn't Scientology bizarre?" well, John Dower's My Scientology Movie sends journalist Louis Theroux on a straight-faced mission to let the organization's muckity-mucks speak for themselves, knowing full well that's never going to happen. The backup plan in this case involves not just the usual interviews with prominent apostates, but an intriguing use of actors to re-create some of the stories we've been hearing for years about what it's like to be in the inner circle. Those whose curiosity wasn't sated by Alex Gibney's highbrow Going Clear will appreciate this...
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‘My Scientology Movie’ Exclusive Clip: BBC’s Louis Theroux Explores the Controversial Church in New Documentary

‘My Scientology Movie’ Exclusive Clip: BBC’s Louis Theroux Explores the Controversial Church in New Documentary
BBC journalist Louis Theroux explores the Church of Scientology in his new documentary, “My Scientology Movie.” “Following a long fascination with the religion and with much experience in dealing with eccentric, unpalatable and unexpected human behavior, the beguilingly unassuming Theroux won’t take no for an answer when his request to enter the Church’s headquarters is turned down,” reads the official description of the film.

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Besides unscripted scenes, the film, directed by John Dower (“Ronald,” “The Last 48 Hours of Kurt Cobain”), also includes a series of scripted scenes in which actors replay incidents former Scientology members claim they experienced being part of the church. The film features interviews with Jefferson Hawkins, Marc Headley and Marty Rathbun, who all worked for the Church of Scientology in the past, and actors Tom De Vocht, Paz de la Huerta and Steven Mango,
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My Scientology Movie Review: Bizarre scenes of bikini-clad woman

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My Scientology Movie Review: Bizarre scenes of bikini-clad woman
My Scientology Movie Magnolia Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director: John Dower Writer: Louis Theroux, John Dower Cast: Rob Alter, Tom Cruise, Paz de la Huerta, Tom De Vocht, Jefferson Hawkins, Marc Headley, Steven Mango, Andrew Perez, Marty Rathbun, Stacia Roybal, Conner Stark, Louis Theroux Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 2/22/17 Opens: […]

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Team Screen's best films of 2016

Team Screen's best films of 2016
Find out what made our top 10 films of 2016 - and which films feature on Team Screen’s overall top 10.Scroll down for Screen’s overall top 10

Screen’s esteemed critics have had their turn. Now, Screen staff, contributors and correspondents reveal their favourite films seen in 2016. Festival premieres and UK/Us theatrical releases are deemed eligible.

Matt Mueller (editor)

Moonlight (dir. Barry Jenkins)La La Land (dir. Damien Chazelle)Aquarius (dir. Kleber Mendonça Filho)Mustang (dir. Deniz Gamze Ergüven)Hell Or High Water (dir. David Mackenzie)Embrace Of The Serpent (dir. Ciro Guerra)Little Men (dir. Ira Sachs)Suntan (dir. Argyris Papadimitropoulos)Love & Friendship (dir. Whit Stillman)Nocturnal Animals (dir Tom Ford)Jeremy Kay (Us editor)

Manchester By The Sea (dir. Kenneth Lonergan)Neruda (dir. Pablo Larrain)Aquarius (dir. Kleber Mendonça Filho)Deadpool (dir Tim Miller)Fire At Sea (dir. Gianfranco Rosi)Moonlight (dir. Barry Jenkins)Oj: Made In America (dir. Ezra Edelman)[link=tt
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Movie Review – My Scientology Movie (2016)

My Scientology Movie, 2016.

Directed by John Dower.


Louis documents his investigation into what goes on behind the scenes of the infamous church of scientology.

There’s been a white van outside my house for a week now. Two men, both smartly dressed sporadically appear, they knock at my door, post photos of me picking up groceries, they know where I was yesterday, a week ago, maybe tomorrow. A woman has a camera with her, she follows close, I can feel her breath against my neck. They’re Scientologists.

Lord knows how boy-ish national treasure Louis Theroux got past the point of development on My Scientology Movie, Theroux’s (surprising) cinematic debut; a screwball, irreverent study of the “most dangerous cult in modern history.” Clearly, Scientology tried their hardest, stalking Theroux like an aging predator, quite literally handing him every opportunity to portray them as nothing more than self-obsessed maniacs.
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Louis Theroux Deconstructs a Religion in Trailer for ‘My Scientology Movie’

While last year’s Going Clear was a widely-discussed, biting look into the controversial religion of Scientology, this year ushers in maverick documentarian John Dower‘s own look into the shrouded world of the church. His film, titled very simply My Scientology Movie, has now been treated with a trailer. Filmed in a more classically cinematic way than many documentaries, the almost anti-cinéma vérité stylings gives the film a shared look to many modern comedies rather than its own true peers in the non-fiction realm.

We said in our review: “My Scientology Movie is exactly what it promises to be: a personal journalistic rattrap that’s not quite as comprehensive as Gibney’s film. Directed by John Dower (who remains off camera), the film melds performative elements to create a kind of unintentional buddy comedy. As the opening credits suggest, the film was developed on social media as a simple
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Another Attempt to Get Inside in 'My Scientology Movie' Doc Trailer

"We have their attention." Following Alex Gibney's fascinating investigative film Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, Magnolia has debuted an official trailer for a documentary titled My Scientology Movie, starring documentary "maverick" Louis Theroux, mostly seen in his own TV series from the UK. Theroux heads to Los Angeles and begins his own investigation into the Church of Scientology, encountering all kinds of wacky people and aggressive resistance. This one is a bit different than Going Clear in that it's a personal story about one guy hoping to get his own peek inside Scientology, but of course they won't let that happen. This definitely does look "entertaining", I'm just wondering if it reveals any new info on this "cult". Here's the trailer (+ poster) John Dower's documentary My Scientology Movie, direct from YouTube: Inspired by the Church's use of filming techniques, and aided by ex-members of the
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Louis Theroux Seeks The Truth In New Trailer For Documentary ‘My Scientology Movie’

Documentarian Louis Theroux has released a trailer for his new film “My Scientology Movie,” which premiered at the BFI London Film Festival in October of last year. The film, directed by John Dower, is the first feature-length theatrical release for Theroux, who has a history of diving into curious and controversial subject matter. His documentary subjects include everything from the porn industry to American neo-Nazis to the Westboro Baptist Church, to name a few.

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Louis Theroux: My Scientology Movie Trailer

Feature trailer is now below for 'Louis Theroux: My Scientology Movie,' created in collaboration with director John Dower and two-time Academy Award® winning producer Simon Chinn (Searching for Sugar Man, Man on Wire).

Following a long fascination with the religion, and with a lot of experience dealing with eccentric human behaviour, 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 turned down. Theroux’s insatiable curiosity motivates him to understand what life inside the Church is really like, and with the aid of former second-in-command at the Church, Mark ‘Marty’ Rathbun, he uses actors to replay incidents people claim they experienced with high profile members such as Tom Cruise and leader David Miscavige.

'My Scientology Movie' will get a limited Irish & UK release on September 8th.
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Louis Theroux reveals Scientology "old school tactics"

Louis Theroux reveals Scientology
The documentarian talked about the fallout from My Scientology Movie, which examines the controversial religion.

British filmmaker Louis Theroux has revealed an “ongoing scary legal scrutiny” by the Church of Scientology nearly a year after making documentary My Scientology Movie.

Speaking at Sheffield Doc/Fest, where the film screened on Saturday (June 10), Theroux said: “Since making it little things have happened.

“Anything I, John [Dower, director] or Simon [Chinn, producer] say or tweet will be on the radar of the Church of Scientology and they are looking for slip-ups, grounds for legal suits. There’s an ongoing scary legal scrutiny.”

Theroux recalled one particular
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'Louis Theroux: My Scientology Movie' Trailer

Here your first look at 'Louis Theroux: My Scientology Movie,' written by and starring Louis Theroux and directed by John Dower.

Journalist and program maker Louis Theroux is fascinated by religion and has extensive experience in dealing with eccentric and extreme behavior . He is not throwing in the towel if his request is denied to visit the headquarters of the Church of Scientology . 

Inspired by the film techniques used by the Church itself, and aided by former members , he hires actors to play after Tom Cruise and Scientology leader David Miscavige and thus gain insight into the process of the organisation. 

In a bizarre twist Theroux discovered that the Church at the same time making a movie about him. The documentary My Scientology Movie Oscar winning producer Simon Chinn ( Searching for Sugar Man , Man on Wire ) , full of comic moments and unexpected complications , making it even stranger than fiction.
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Cannes: Louis Theroux’s ‘My Scientology Movie’ Finds U.S., U.K. Deals

Cannes: Louis Theroux’s ‘My Scientology Movie’ Finds U.S., U.K. Deals
Magnolia has taken North America rights on Louis Theroux’s “My Scientology Movie,” ahead of its Cannes market screening. Altitude Film Distribution will distribute the film in the U.K.

Deals have also just been agreed for Australia (Madman), Belgium (Dalton) and Netherlands (Cinema Delicatessen). HanWay Select is handling sales on the pic, which premiered at the London Film Festival, and more recently had its international premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.

John Dower’s film is Theroux’s first theatrical feature documentary, and sees him immersing himself in the religion’s teachings and practices with one of its key defectors, Mark “Marty” Rathbun, and invoking the ire of the Church in the process.

The film was produced by Simon Chinn through his production company Red Box Films, and was financed by BBC Films and BBC Worldwide. Executive producers are Christine Langan, Charlotte Moore and Joe Oppenheimer for BBC Films,
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Louis Theroux's 'My Scientology Movie' converts Us, UK buyers

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Exclusive: HanWay inks key deals on documentary.

HanWay Select has secured key territories on Louis Theroux’s impish London and Tribeca documentary My Scientology Movie, including with indie stalwart Magnolia for the Us and Amy distributor Altitude for the UK.

Deals have also been agreed for Australia (Madman), Belgium (Dalton) and Netherlands (Cinema Delicatessen).

Directed by John Dower, My Scientology Movie sees well-known documentarian and broadcaster Theroux immerse himself in the controversial religion’s teachings and practises with one of its key defectors, Mark “Marty” Rathbun.

The film marks Theroux’s first foray into the theatrical market.

Two-time Oscar winner Simon Chinn (Man On Wire) produced under his Red Box Films banner. Finance came from BBC Films and BBC Worldwide.

The UK deal was negotiated by Mark Lane for HanWay and Will Clarke and Hamish Moseley for Altitude.

The Us deal was negotiated by Josh Braun for Submarine and Mark Lane for HanWay with Magnolia.

Altitude’s head
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[Tribeca Review] My Scientology Movie

The central problem of making a film about secretive organizations and pyramid schemes like Scientology or Herbalife is that they can retain some control of the narrative by simply remaining quiet while intimidating SPs (Scientology’s term of Subversive Persons) from the sidelines. They should know better than to chase after BBC reporter Louis Theroux, perhaps best known in the U.S. for his show Weird Weekends. As a gonzo journalist, he’ll go to any lengths for his story, including making a cameo in a porn flick (he remained clothed). Sharing the same dry British sensibilities as Nick Broomfield, they both search for truth in the absurdity and make works that are intentionally and unintentionally hilarious as they attempt to explain what certain folks in power would prefer they didn’t.

For My Scientology Movie Theroux creates a kind of trap as he recruits actors for a scientology film
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All about Tribeca by Anne-Katrin Titze

Benedikt Erlingsson, Gréta Olafsdóttir and Margrét Jónasdóttir in the arms of Frédéric Boyer Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Tribeca Film Festival Artistic Director Frédéric Boyer met me for a conversation at Benedikt Erlingsson's The Show Of Shows at MoMA PS1's Vw Dome, where Michelangelo Frammartino's Alberi, Tsai Ming-liang's Journey To The West and Celia Rowlson-Hall's Ma premiered. Parents came to mind as a theme with Halkawt Mustafa's El Clásico, Lorene Scafaria's The Meddler, Robert Schwartzman's Dreamland, Jason Bateman's The Family Fang, Kadri Kõusaar's Mother, Bart Freundlich's Wolves and Christian Tafdrup's Parents (Forældre). Andrew Rossi's The First Monday In May, John Dower's My Scientology Movie, Thierry Demaizière and Alban Teurlai's Reset, Benjamin Ree's Magnus, Ferne Pearlstein's The Last Laugh and Dylan Harvey and Ian Roderick Gray's The Banksy Job are some of the original documentaries of note.
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My Scientology Movie Review [Tribeca 2016]

The Church of Scientology has become the big bad of documentary filmmakers. Last year brought us Going Clear, a movie that delved into the bizarre history of Scientology and the strange, terrifying figure of its current leader David Miscavige. This year brought us a book by former Scientologist and actress Leah Remini, reigniting interest in the notoriously secretive and notoriously litigious group. Now, My Scientology Movie, from British journalist Louis Theroux and director John Dower, takes us ever deeper into the weird world of Scientology and the people that…make movies about Scientology.

As the title suggests, My Scientology Movie takes a novel approach. Rather than making a straight documentary, Theroux and Dower take their inspiration from Scientology’s love of big, lavish productions and decide to produce huge reenactments of alleged abusive events.

After being turned down for interviews by everyone within the Church, Theroux brings in the most
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BFI London Film Fest Review: Louis Theroux Takes On Xenu With Documentary ‘My Scientology Movie’

Probably because it’s completely barking mad, we seem to be endlessly fascinated by Scientology. The religion/cult, discovered/made up by sci-fi author L. Ron Hubbard, has been the subject of endless speculation in its half-century history, partly thanks to its secretive nature. But despite it counting a number of major movie stars among its ranks (or more likely, because of that fact), cinematic investigations of Hubbard’s creation had mostly been limited to John Travolta’s propaganda movie flop “Battlefield Earth.” But things have changed of late. Paul Thomas Anderson’s thinly-veiled story of the founding of the religion, “The Master,” was followed within a couple of years by Alex Gibney’s scintillating exposé documentary, “Going Clear,” which was released earlier this year. Now, we get another non-fiction examination of the phenomenon, with John Dower’s “My Scientology Movie,” fronted by the well-known British journalist/presenter Louis Theroux and produced by.
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Our Top Ten Must Sees At This Year’s BFI London Film Festival!

Tickets officially went on sale today for the BFI London Film Festival. I’m so excited to be returning to the capital to personally attend this year’s fest, which officially kicks off on October 7th. Here, we take a look at the top ten films to see.

While we couldn’t include all of the films that we would have liked to, these are the definite must-sees this year – so grab your tickets while you can…

10. The Lobster, dir: Yorgos Lanthimos

Yorgos Lanthimos brings his comedy drama The Lobster to this year’s festival. The film stars Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz and is set in the near future where folks are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days, or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods. Out there, right? The buzz was good from Cannes earlier this year, and we’re looking forward
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