One of the most talked about documentaries to be shown over the last year, in part due to the usually litigious nature of its subject matter, will be screening at the Bertha DocHouse (In the Curzon Bloomsbury) on June 25. Alex Gibney's (Taxi to the Dark Side) Going Clear is his investigation into the Scientology Church, and is based on the book of the same name by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright. Gibney himself will take part in a Q&A after the screening.
In his documentary, Gibney studies eight former members of the Church of Scientology, whose most prominent adherents include A-list Hollywood figures, and shines a light on how the church cultivates believers. The film looks at the life of founder L. Ron Hubbard—and comes up to the present-day by analysing more recent practices, and alleged abuses as reported in the media.
Going Clear has played several film festivals already, and is an HBO production which has already aired on that network in the US. However It was reported recently that the Sky Atlantic's planned UK transmission of Going Clear on 26 June- which would have been it's premiere given SKy has the rights for this territory- was shelved due to differences in libel law between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK, leaving Sky open to libel charges. DocHouse thus will be one of the few places to legally see the film in it's original week of release in the UK.