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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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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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)
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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.
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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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.
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
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.
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,
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.
For My Scientology Movie Theroux creates a kind of trap as he recruits actors for a scientology film
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.
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
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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