GOING CLEAR: Scientology & the Prison of Belief

GoingClear_Cover_RGB300_900pxGOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF is a provocative tale of ego, exploitation and lust for power.

The film profiles eight former members of the Church of Scientology, whose most prominent adherents include A-list Hollywood celebrities, shining a light on how the church cultivates true believers, detailing their experiences and what they are willing to do in the name of religion.

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  1. Dear X-Press,

    I am writing because of your promotion on Alex Gibney’s film to provide you with further information and request you add a link to your piece.

    For over two years Alex Gibney prepared his documentary in secret. He then came to the Church requesting a blind interview with no indication of any of the allegations he had spent two years compiling, not even on whom he planned to rely. We were forced to find out for ourselves who was in the film. We finally got his attorney to agree to receive information and documents from people with first-hand evidence, but this offer was quickly rescinded and all efforts to provide the data were blocked.

    Both Mr. Gibney and HBO refused to consider any judicial rulings, documents, video footage or direct interviews undermining their pre-conceived premise, instead relying on countless myths spun by the same handful of bitter, expelled former Church officials whose fictional stories have for years unravelled, often in courtrooms. Indeed, most of these individuals have been gone from the Church at least a decade or more, with some gone more than 30 years. They know nothing of the Church today.

    As a result, Mr. Gibney’s film contains no input at all from the Church or from any practicing Scientologists, save for a few moments of illegally pirated video footage pulled off the Internet. In fact, Mr. Gibney in more than two years never even asked to visit a Church or to film inside of one. Instead of using the wealth of documented material from the church to present HBO viewers a balance picture, Mr. Gibney chose to dismiss it with the back of his hand, opting to regurgitate stale myths originating in supermarket tabloids.

    Meanwhile, Alex Gibney continues to make outrageous claims about the Church as he did to you, including the blatant falsehood, for example, that anyone associated with his film was physically threatened. That is an utter lie. Mr. Gibney has no evidence whatsoever supporting this ridiculous allegation, and knows it.

    Please add the following link to your story:

    The Church of Scientology states that Alex Gibney refused all offers of documents, court rulings and individuals with personal knowledge of the allegations contained in his film and points to the following video in response:


    Kind regards,

    Public Affairs
    Church of Scientology Australia

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