The BBC documentary filmmaker’s new flick is getting a theatrical release in select Brisbane cinemas.
Louis Theroux: My Scientology Movie is Theroux’s first feature doco, created in collaboration with director John Dower and producer Simon Chinn.
As is Louis’ wont, it pulls back the curtain on the inner workings of the mysterious Church of Scientology.
Denied cooperation and access by the church, Theroux instead employs the help of their former second-in-command, Mark ‘Marty’ Rathbun. He also enlists a cast of actors to recreate key events in Scientology history.
Focusing largely on the church’s leader, David Miscavige, and infamous Scientologists like Tom Cruse, Theroux attempts to find out what’s at the heart of the organisation, and figure out why people continue to be drawn to such a controversial doctrine.
In a bizarre turn of events, Louis soon realises he’s being tailed by Scientology representatives — who claim to be making a documentary of their own about Louis.
Distributors Madman Entertainment claim the doco is “suffused with a good dose of humour and moments worthy of a Hollywood script”, and given Theroux’s track record with When Louis Met… and Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends, we’re inclined to believe them.
Louis Theroux: My Scientology Movie will screen in Australia cinemas for one week only from 8 September.
It’s only coming to two Queensland theatres — New Farm Cinemas and Palace Barracks. Tickets to New Farm Cinemas are on sale now (and expected to sell quickly); tickets to the Barracks sessions are expected to go on sale shortly.
Theroux will actually be in town in the first week of October for a show at QPAC, but sadly, that one’s sold out already.