Going Clear

2015
  |  115 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC
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Synopsis

Following Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, his investigation into sex abuse in the Catholic church, Academy® Award-winning director Alex Gibney (HBO's Taxi to the Dark Side) turns his gaze to Scientology in Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, based on the book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright. Gibney profiles eight former members of the church of Scientology, whose most prominent adherents include A-list Hollywood celebrities, shining a light on how the church cultivates true believers, including their experiences and what they are willing to do in the name of religion. The powerful new film highlights the Church's origins - from its roots in the mind of founder L. Ron Hubbard to its rise to popularity in Hollywood and beyond. The heart of the film is a series of shocking details by former insiders, including high-ranking and recognizable members such as acclaimed screenwriter Paul Haggis (Crash) as they describe the systematic history of abuse and betrayal by Church officials, including the current leadership of the church. A provocative tale of ego, exploitation, and lust for power, GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF premiered on January 25th at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival prior to the film's US premium television debut. GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF is written and directed by Alex Gibney; based on the book by Lawrence Wright; producers, Alex Gibney, Kristen Vaurio, and Lawrence Wright; editor, Andy Grieve; director of photography, Samuel Painter.