Sky Atlantic to air acclaimed Scientology documentary.
Sky will premiere Going Clear: Scientology and The Prison of Belief on the 21st of September at 9pm on Sky Atlantic. The documentary, which has attracted widespread critical acclaim, is a Sky Atlantic co-production from Academy Award winning filmmaker Alex Gibney. The film recently garnered 7 Emmy award nominations, including for Direction and best Documentary Special.
Going Clear: Scientology and The Prison of Belief, which has described as both “fascinating” and “chilling” by The Independent, and a “powerful expose” by The Guardian, intimately profiles eight former members of the Church of Scientology, shining a light on how they attract true believers and the things they do in the name of religion.
The powerful 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 claims (which are denied by the Church) by former insiders, including high-ranking and recognizable members such as acclaimed screenwriter Paul Haggis (Crash) as they describe a systematic history of abuse and betrayal by Church officials, including the current leadership of the church.
Based on the book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright, Going Clear: Scientology and The Prison of Belief is produced by Jigsaw Productions for Sky Atlantic.
Celia Taylor, Sky’s Head of Non-Scripted Commissioning, commented:
“Going Clear is a brilliantly compelling film that unflinchingly probes the secretive world of Scientology through powerful testimony and a beautifully crafted narrative. I am extremely proud of it.”
Zai Bennett, Director of Sky Atlantic, added:
“I’m hugely proud that Sky Atlantic has co-produced Going Clear, especially in light of its recent success gaining seven Emmy nominations. I’m sure that Sky audiences will be captivated by Alex Gibney’s remarkable film.”