Adored documentary filmmaker Louis Theroux is investigating the curious and eccentric world of Scientology, with the resulting film screening for three sessions only at Event Cinemas Marion.
Louis Theroux: My Scientology Movie is the first big-screen debut for the inquisitive and polite interrogations of Theroux. Created in collaboration with director John Dower and two-time Academy Award® winning producer Simon Chinn (Searching for Sugar Man, Man on Wire), the film follows Theroux's journey into gaining access to the church's Los Angeles headquarters, and subsequently recreating events that took place inside its walls with the assistance of former second-in-command, Mark ‘Marty’ Rathbun, and paid actors.
The film gives viewers a glimpse into the inner workings of the church, and the difficulties associated with producing a documentary about one of the most secretive religious organisations in the world (whose members include Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, Jason Lee to name a few), who are known to employ their own methods of counter-surveillance.
No stranger to social eccentricities, Louis Theroux has explored several facets of social abnormality and different sides to the human experience in over thirty BBC Two specials (in addition to three series of his initial exploration into documentary filmmaking on 'Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends'). These have included time spent with neo-nazis, the Westboro Baptist Church, apocalyptic survivalists, reclusive ex-tv stars, high-stakes gamblers, paedophiles, the criminally insane, convicted criminals, alcoholics, drug addicts and many more.
You can view the trailer for Louis Theroux: My Scientology Movie here
In addition to his Adelaide film screenings, Theroux is also coming to town for a spoken word tour at the Adelaide Festival Centre in September. Tickets have already completely sold-out, though — you'll have to demonstrate your own investigative skills to pick one up, if you missed out.
Event Cinemas Marion
Friday September 9 — 7pm
Saturday September 10 — 2.30pm
Sunday September 11 — 4.00pm
Louis Theroux's cinematic debut, 'Louis Theroux: My Scientology Movie'.
Header & Body images via Louis Theroux, BBC2