The most compelling reason to watch Alex Gibney’s documentary based on Lawrence Wright’s book, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief is how vehemently the Church of Scientology objected to it and the lengths it went to stop it.
Kudos to HBO for standing up to the bullying tactics of the CoS. The head of HBO Documentary Films, Sheila Nevins, said, “I thought, ‘They really don’t want us to do it. All the reason more to do it.'”
For its part, the film has generated equally rave reviews and damning indictment of the church. It opened in the U.S. in March and is now showing on HBO.