It may seem rather damning to categorically point to one religion and refer to it as a cult, but if the trailer and interviews for Louis Theroux’s My Scientology Movie are anything to go by, Theroux has bravely revealed just what lengths Scientologists will go to in order to keep the media out of their lives and the public from knowing the truth about their organization.
Louis’s new film comes off the back of his recent documentary on Jimmy Savile, which aired on October 2 on the BBC. Theroux has always managed to elicit truth in the candidates he interviews, drawing them in and making them feel comfortable enough to speak honestly.
There can be no doubt that he must have felt perplexed that he couldn’t break through Savile’s predatory exterior, even off-screen, in order to find even the smallest semblance of evidence that could point to Jimmy’s crimes. It was extremely brave of Louis Theroux to show such candid footage from past encounters with Jimmy Savile while pondering how even he couldn’t pin anything on him. It is perhaps because Theroux is so brutally honest with himself that he is able to bring out that same honesty in others.
Scientologists are not generally known for being upfront and truthful. They are an organization that is cloaked in secrets, and who better to get to the bottom of them than Louis Theroux?